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2017 IT salary survey by Janco provides insights into the IT jobs market

The January 2017 IT salary survey provides insights into IT job markert growth and compensastion.

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H-1B is an open issue as the lottery date approaches

US Corporations pay more to average H-1B Visa holders than do non-US Companies

That change would have put India-based firms in the back of the H-1B distribution line, but IT services such firms as Accenture and IBM, which are not H-1B dependent, would have been unaffected.

Trump may still take action on H-1B visas apart from the lottery. As an example, the administration's recent action to suspend fast-track premium processing for six months.

Providers are not home free this year and face increased resistance to their model regardless of the delay in the actual law change. The net effect is that they will be able to utilize H-1B, but at a greater expense and to a lesser degree.

But the IEEE-USA believes that IT outsourcers get as many as 50,000 of the 85,000 H-1B visas. Rather than using H-1B workers themselves, outsourcing companies rent their workers to third-parties at below-market rates. American workers, after training many of these new employees, will lose their jobs.

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Digital Brand Manager - Hot New Job

Digital Brand Manager

IT Expertise goes mainstream with the moves towards the digital market place

IT Job DescriptionsThere is a new key role in the world of brand management, the Digital Brand Manager, That individual is responsible for digital consumer experiences across the entire enterprise and its operations. The Digital Brand Manager helps a company drive growth in its brands and product lines by converting traditional physical brand management process to social media ones, and over-sees the rapidly changing digital sectors like mobile applications, social media and Internet based marketing. The Digital Band Manager is responsible for executing and evolving the enterprise’s Social Media Strategy based on performance & emerging company/consumer needs. This includes but is not limited to: channel roles, content strategy, and Social Persona Development.

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Digital Brand Manager is not only a brand and product line expert, but also a seasoned technology expert. The Digital Brand Managers is responsible for the adoption of social media technologies across the entire business. As with most top level technology and brand management titles, the responsibilities are set by the organization's C-Level executives.

That role is much more expansive and technologically driven than many of us appreciate. Typically the individual reports to the operational side of a company and had control over resources which are marketing, brand management, and information technology. Many organizations have taken runs at creating the perfect definition of the role. There is even a great job description that has been defined in Janco's job description inventory.

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Which cities pay the most for CIOs

Top 10 Cities for CIO Pay

The salaries paid to top level CIOs is determined by a number of factors. One of the key factors is the metropolitan area where the CIO and his/her organization reside. In Janco's IT Salary Survey we identified the top 10 cities for CIO compensation. New York City, San Jose, Stamford, and San Francisco topped the list with annual salaries over $200,000.

San Jose and San Francisco were the most expensive places to live with median home cost  over $650,000.

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Lottery to be eliminated from the H-1B visa process

H-1B and other foreign workers Visa programs

IT Job DescriptionsThe most sweeping change proposed by the new H-1B visa program would be the elimininate the lottery process.  Rather, a new bill in Congress would give foreign students who graduate from U.S. schools priority in getting an H-1B visa. The new law would end the annual random distribution (lottery) of H-1B visas, and replace it with a system to give priority to certain types of students.

Foreign nationals in the best position to get one of the 85,000 H-1B visas issued annually will have earned an advanced degree from a U.S. school, have a well-paying job offer, and have preferred skills. The specific skills weren't identified, but will likely be STEM-related.

The legislation also "explicitly prohibits" the replacement of American workers by visa holders.

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Hottest IT Management Job Chief Digital Officer

The CDO is not only a digital expert, but also a seasoned general manager - Job Description used by top Organization and IT recruiters

CDO - Chief Digital Officer - Hottest IT Management jobThe CDO is not only a digital expert, but also a seasoned general manager. As the role is transformational, the CDOs is responsible for the adoption of digital technologies across the entire business. As with most senior executive titles, the responsibilities are set by the organization's board of directors or other authority, depending on the organization's legal structure. The CDO is responsible for digital consumer experiences across the entire enterprise and its operations.

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Top Paying IT Jobs

2017 IT Salary Survey

Top Paying IT jobsThere isn’t a lot of pay disparity due to location. Geographic location no longer dictates a significant increase or decrease in salary range. Candidates with in-demand tech skills can net top salaries regardless of region.


  • CIO/CTO: $170,000 - $285,000
  • Demandware developer: $150,000 - $250,000
  • Chief information security officer: $145,000 - $250,000
  • DevOps lead/engineer: $115,000 - $250,000
  • Chief data officer: $162,000 - $228,000
  • Director PMO: $125,000 - $225,000
  • Data scientist: $130,000 - $210,000
  • Data architect: $130,000 - $210,000
  • Application security engineer: $125,000 - $210,000
  • Solutions architect: $140,000 - $200,000
  • Project manager: $90,000 - $200,000
  • Android developer: $90,000 - $200,000
  • iOS developer: $90,000 - $200,000

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17 states have low unemployment rates

Full Employment States

Several states have very low unemployment rates.   In July there were 13 states that we considered high unemployment states in December that picture has changed and now there are now 17 full employment states.

Full employment states

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Proposed H-1B falls short

Proposed H-1B is not a re-do!

New H-1B bill would raise the salary threshold to $100,000 (from $60,000) a year and includes a provision for inflation adjustments. It eliminates the master's degree exemption altogether.

In a statement, the proposer said that the government needs "to make sure programs are not abused to allow companies to outsource and hire cheap foreign labor from abroad to replace American workers."

Even so, the bill is not broad H-1B reform.

The new administration has indicated support for raising H-1B visa salaries across the board by changing the prevailing wages. The prevailing wage sets four levels for each occupation. Most H-1B workers are paid either level 1, beginner, or level 2 wages. The level 3 prevailing wage represents the 50th percentile or the median.

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Many IT Pros will be looking for new jobs in the new year

Many IT Pros will be looking for new jobs in the new

IT pros to be looking for new jobsThirty Seven percent (37%) IT professionals plan to begin searching for a new job and 26% plan to accept a new job next year, according to Spiceworks.

While 69% of the IT professionals surveyed worldwide in October 2016 plan to switch jobs to advance their IT skills, about two-thirds are looking for a more competitive salary, and more than 75% want to work for a company that makes IT more of a priority.

Only 61% of IT professionals feel appreciated by their current employer, 59% think they’re underpaid. Less than one-quarter of IT professionals are expecting a salary increase in 2017, and only 12% are expecting a promotion. However, 70% of respondents expect the IT job market to remain favorable in 2017, leading many to think higher paying jobs with more potential for advancement will exist in the coming year.

IT Hiring Kit - Standard Edition

  • Latest IT Salary Survey - The salary survey draws on data collected throughout the year via extensive Internet-based survey instruments and completed survey forms from businesses throughout the United States and Canada. The survey data reflects IT salaries in 78 major cities in the United States as well as 23 cities in Canada. Summary data is provided in both the PDF document and a separate Excel Spreadsheet. 

  • Salary Survey Job Descriptions (PDF)  The job descriptions are provided as a 206 page indexed PDF document for all of the  positions surveyed. The PDF file can be viewed and printed. 

  • Interview and Hiring Guide (WORD and PDF) Includes two electronic forms: Background Check Authorization and Interview Questionnaire.

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