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Survey: Tech Incomes Up 4%

September 27 2011

Median income for engineering, computing and technology professionals rose nearly 4 percent in 2010 from the previous year, according to a salary and benefit survey conducted by IEEE-USA, an organization of engineering, computing and technology professionals.

Median incomes from primary sources — salary, commissions, bonuses and net self-employment income — for U.S. IEEE members working full-time in their specialty rose 3.96 percent to $118,000 in 2010, up from $113,500 in 2009.

Survey respondents working in communications technology reported the highest median income ($135,000), followed by workers in circuits and devices ($125,252).

Energy and power engineering professionals reported a median income of $107,000, followed by industrial applications ($109,350) and systems and control ($110,000).

The IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey, 2011 Edition, is the 24th compensation survey the organization has conducted since 1972. Of the 17,030 U.S. IEEE members who responded to the Internet-based survey, 12,877 were employed full-time in their job specialty.


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