Why do ERP techs get paid better than anyone else in IT?

Is it the potential for failure? The complexity? The jackets and pocket squares?

Yesterday I posted a link to a Robert Half study showing ERP specialists are getting the best salaries of any other geek group, when broken out by technical specialty rather than seniority or geography or height or comparative levels of hygiene.

I didn't write it because I didn't want to have to go find out, but why, I wondered, was it ERP that brings in the big bucks? Wouldn't you think it would be some newer technology in which there are fewer skilled people, if only because not many have had time to get trained?

You might not wonder, but I did.

This is why.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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