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ESP IT’s 2019 Salary Guide: Projected IT Salary Trends for Minnesota IT Professionals

Our Salary Guide projects salary trends for the Twin Cities in 2019.


The skills in highest demand in the Twin Cities this year are: software development, Java, SQL, JavaScript, and Python. Companies are  searching for project managers, Java developers, software engineers, business systems analysts and .net developers. 

Low Unemployment

Low unemployment makes the competition fierce for companies looking to hire. Minnesota’s unemployment rate of 3.2% is below the national average of 3.6% and the national IT unemployment rate in 2018 averaged 1.9%. Within IT, some unemployment rates nationally are even lower:

  • Computer Systems Admin: 1%
  • Database Administrator: 1.1%
  • Software Developer: 1.9%.


Retaining talent is continuing to prove to be difficult and expensive. Nearly 70% of tech employees would move to a new company for the same pay or as little as a 15% pay raise in 2019, according to Dice. Compensating above market value is essential to getting the skilled workers you want. Equally important is providing training, tuition reimbursement, and other opportunities for skill advancement and exposure to new technologies. 

No ‘Giggity

The “Gig Economy” continues to impact the availability of IT professionals for full-time roles as well. In fact, the gig economy is tripling in growth compared to other industries. Many IT pros, recognizing the high value of their skills in this market, have moved to consulting. For those wanting the best IT pros on their projects, consider adding IT consultants to your team. 

ESP IT’s Salary Guide

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. For any further questions about our salary guide, or anything about the IT Industry, contact us at 612-337-3000 or visit our website.

Download the 2019 Salary Guide