I received a complimentary copy of Global Knowledge's IT salary survey a couple of weeks ago. The survey covered over 1,600 IT professionals, and there were some interesting tidbits that may be relevant to the AMS world:

  1. Average salary for the title database admin/analyst was $74,263.
  2. Average salary for a project manager was $83,668.
  3. Overall for all respondents, base salary was $71,556, plus an average bonus of $3,963.

The survey broke out salaries by industry, but associations/non-profits was not one of the categories. The closest was perhaps Education and Government (state/local), with average salaries for these of $57,544 and $61,535, respectively. Taking that state government average, that's a full $10K less than the overall average!

I don't know how this compares to actual association numbers (I don't think ASAE has done a salary survey in a couple of years) but if associations refuse to pay as high as the for-profit market, they're very likely to get below-average performance from their IT staff. I know, I know, there are exceptions to this (I've met many smart association IT folks. Some are even smart enough to hire me!), but overall, if you're underpaying, you're getting what you pay for.

How does your association stack up?