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ESP IT Releases 2017 Salary Guide

Projected IT Salary Trends for Minnesota IT Professionals


2017-Salary-Guide.jpgOur 2017 Salary Guide projects average salary increases of 3.8% for Twin Cities IT Professionals in 2017. The skills in highest demand in the Twin Cities this year are Java, SQL, QA, SDLC, and JavaScript, and companies are particularly in need of java developers, .net developers, software engineers, project managers, and business analysts.  

Low unemployment makes the competition fierce for companies looking to hire. Minnesota’s unemployment rate of 4% is below the national average of 4.7% and the national IT unemployment rate in 2016 averaged 2.8%. Within IT, some unemployment rates nationally are even lower: Network Architect: 0.6%, Database Administrator: 1%, IT Manager: 1.9%, and Software Developer: 2%.

Retaining talent is continuing to prove to be difficult and expensive: nearly 40% of tech employees intend to move to a new company in 2016, according to a Spiceworks survey. Compensating above market value may be essential to getting the skilled workers needed for your projects. Perhaps equally important is providing training, tuition reimbursement, and other opportunities for skills advancement and exposure to new technologies. In the same survey, 69% of respondents reported they would look for new work to advance their skills, while 64% thought they could get a more competitive salary, and 40% wanted to work for a company that makes IT more of a priority.


The “Gig Economy” continues to impact the availability of IT professionals for full time roles as well, and it is anticipated that 40-50% of the workforce will be contingent by 2020. Many IT pros, recognizing the high value of their skills in this market and appreciating the flexibility and opportunity to use the latest technologies, have moved to consulting. For those wanting the best IT pros on their projects, considering adding IT consultants to your team, rather than competing for the few full-time employees out there, could be a good and faster strategy. 


Our annual salary guide presents data compiled from ESP’s recent placements, as well as national and local research. We monitor and analyze hiring trends, including compensation and benefits in order to best serve you.

View our 2017 Salary Guide