Job titles: Systems programmer

By Margaret Steen, InfoWorld |  Career


COMPENSATION

AVERAGE SALARIES

Nationwide: $62,198

West: $67,025

Midwest: $56,222

South: $61,309

Northeast: $66,021

PERCENT RECEIVING BONUSES

Profit-sharing bonus: 46.3%

Annual personal performance bonus: 34.5%

Team performance bonus: 6.9%

Bonus for completion of major project: 13.5%

RAISES

Average 1999 salary increase: 7.8%

SATISFACTION

Percent who feel fairly compensated: 69.9%

VITAL STATISTICS

PLACE IN ORGANIZATION

Average number of direct and indirect reports: 1.3

Average budget for computer-related equipment: $1.54 million

BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY FOCUS

Percent who focus primarily on technology: 54.6%

Percent who focus on both technology and strategic business problems: 40.6%

HIGEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION COMPLETED(*)

Bachelor's degree: 56.9%

Master's degree: 27.6%

TIME ON

Average workweek: 46.3 hours

Percent on call after regular working hours: 43.1%

Percent of those on call who are compensated for it: 22.6%

TIME OFF

Average vacation, paid sick days, and holidays: 30.3 days

Percent offered flexible work hours: 74.2%

CAREER PATH

"The next step for a systems programmer/analyst is really wide open. Often systems
programmers will move into a senior systems programmer or analyst role where they will
take on more team lead[ing] and project management responsibilities."

-- Cathy Neubauer, senior technical recruiter, Pencom Systems, Reston, Va.

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCE

Network and Systems Professionals Association (NaSPA) href="http://www.nascom.com">www.nascom.com

(*) Of the 93.4 percent of survey respondents who reported a degree

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