- A new GOBankingRates report identified jobs in the tech industry with the lowest and highest wages.
- The tech jobs that pay the most tend to require management skills; the jobs that pay the least are typically entry-level positions.
- In 2017, GOBankingRates reported that tech is one of the top industries for creating billionaires.
Technology is a multitrillion-dollar industry, with the 10 largest U.S. tech firms alone expected to top $1 trillion in sales by the end of 2018, according to CNBC. Not only is the industry growing rapidly, but it’s also a desirable field to work in, with many tech companies offering employees unique work environments along with highly competitive perks and benefits.
But does getting a job in the technology field ensure earning a high salary? Not necessarily, a new GOBankingRates study found. GOBankingRates determined the highest- and lowest-paying jobs in tech by analyzing salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Salary.com and Glassdoor — and the range in salary was pretty staggering. The highest-paid tech job pays an average of $149,730 a year, while the lowest-paid tech job pays only $34,737 per year on average.
Keep reading to find out the highest- and lowest-paying jobs in technology.
Knowing how to manage others is a skill that’s worth six figures in the tech world. The top five-paying tech jobs are all managerial roles: computer and information systems manager, marketing manager, sales manager, operations manager and product manager. These jobs typically require a bachelor’s degree, as well as years of experience working in a related field.
Knowledge of computers and computer science is also an invaluable skill, with many of the top-paying tech jobs relating to computer systems, hardware, software, computer networks and applications. However, those working with computers in administrative or support roles tend to make lower salaries.
The lowest-paying tech jobs are in the field of customer support, with customer success representative and technical support representative taking the bottom two spots in the ranking.
Overall, though, working in technology is a lucrative choice. All of the jobs in the ranking — with the exception of the seven lowest-paying jobs — have average salaries that are higher than the median household income, which is $55,322.
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Here’s a look at the complete ranking of the highest- and lowest-paying tech jobs:
|Highest- and Lowest-Paying Tech Jobs|
|Rank||Job||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Wage|
|1||Computer and Information Systems Manager||$71.99||$149,730|
|6||Computer Hardware Engineer||$57.52||$119,650|
|7||Computer and Information Research Scientists||$57.49||$119,570|
|8||IT Project Manager||$57.13||$118,822|
|9||Software Developers, Systems Software||$53.74||$111,780|
|10||Computer Network Architects||$51.86||$107,870|
|11||Software Developers, Applications||$51.30||$106,710|
|12||Information Security Analysts||$47.93||$99,690|
|13||Computer Systems Analysts||$44.59||$92,740|
|14||Computer Occupations, All Other||$43.79||$91,080|
|17||Operations Research Analysts||$41.59||$86,510|
|18||Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$41.51||$86,340|
|20||Computer Network Support Specialists||$32.46||$67,510|
|23||Operations Research Analyst – Entry Level||$27.88||$57,996|
|24||Computer User Support Specialists||$26.03||$54,150|
|25||Recruiter – Entry Level||$25.86||$53,795|
|26||Account Representative – Entry level||$25.57||$53,180|
|27||Quality Assurance Specialist – Entry Level||$25.45||$52,940|
|28||Sales Support Representative – Entry level||$24.33||$50,616|
|29||Customer Success Representative – Entry level||$22.06||$45,887|
|30||Technical Support Representative- Entry Level||$16.70||$34,737|
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Methodology: GOBankingRates analyzed employment data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics. The most recent data is from May 2017. GOBankingRates also obtained salary information from Glassdoor and Salary.com. Tech occupations were ranked according to hourly and annual wages.