In its 2015 Cyberstates job report, CompTIA states that the U.S. tech industry added 129,600 jobs between 2013 and 2014. Growth leaders in this report were IT services, research and development, testing, and engineering services. These are high-demand jobs that require college-level training, and as a result, IT and information systems salaries tend to be correspondingly high, particularly for those with jobs in management information systems.
Salaries Vary by Job Role
Computer information systems careers combine information technology skills with a strong emphasis on business knowledge. With the training to work directly with computer technology, professionals in this area are uniquely positioned to help businesses with their information technology resources from an administrative standpoint. This is a valuable skill set, particularly for those who intend to climb the ladder to IT management positions.
|Information Systems Job||Median Annual Salary*|
|Computer Support Specialist||$50,380|
|Network or Systems Administrator||$75,790|
|Network/Data Communications Analyst||$73,250|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17; Computer Support Specialists; Network and Computer Systems Administrators; Software Developers; Database Administrators; Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts.
As in other fields, professionals in the information systems sector usually experience a salary boost when they rise to a management position. This is true whether you move up from a specific technical discipline within information systems, such as database administration, or whether you start off on a more administrative path by earning a management information system degree.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for computer and information systems managers is $127,640. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.
If these information systems salaries have you motivated to research careers in IS or management information systems, we can help you reach your career goals. Take a look at our guide to computer information systems careers, and browse our listings of accredited degrees to find the one that suits you best.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.