Median Income of Electrotechnology, IT Professionals Rises to $118,000; Communications Technology Workers Report Highest Income, IEEE-USA Salary Survey Reveals

Sep 26, 2011, 17:02 ET from IEEE-USA

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Median 2010 income for electrotechnology and information technology professionals rose nearly four percent from the previous year, according to the latest IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey.

Median incomes from primary sources -- salary, commissions, bonuses and net self-employment income -- for U.S. IEEE members working full-time in their primary area of technical competence (job specialty) moved from $113,500 in the 2009 tax year to $118,000 in 2010, a 3.96 percent increase.

Of the record 17,030 U.S. IEEE members who responded to the Internet-based survey, 12,877 were employed full-time in their job specialty. Those working in communications technology reported the highest median income ($135,000), while workers in circuits and devices were second ($125,252). Those in signals and applications and engineering and human environment tied for third ($125,000).

On the other end of the spectrum, energy and power engineering professionals reported a median of $107,000, followed by industrial applications ($109,350) and systems and control ($110,000).

The IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey, 2011 Edition, is the 24th compensation survey the organization has conducted since 1972. It also includes income data based on things like age, ethnicity, gender, experience and years with current employer. The results are valuable to companies seeking to know what type of compensation package they should put together to attract and retain electrotechnology and IT professionals, and to employees looking to benchmark their salary and benefits.

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