The 15 hottest tech jobs that pay over $100,000

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Working as an engineer for a tech firm in Silicon Valley is a high-paying job.

But EVERY company has IT needs.

And as demand grows, so do the salaries for the IT pros who work in every industry.

Computerworld recently surveyed 4,800 IT pros nationwide to find out what they were paid. Not every job was paid over $US100,000, but many were.

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title=”No. 15: Systems programmer, $105,239″
content=”Job title: Systems programmer

Salary: $US101,702

Bonus: $US3,537

Total compensation: $US105,239

Change from 2014: + 2.9%

Programmers can write software for apps used by people and/or they can write software that will be used by the machines themselves.

As a new phenom called the Internet of Things takes hold, there’s a growing need for people to write code that will be used by machines.”
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title=”No. 14: Software engineer, $108,522″
content=”Job title: Software engineer

Salary: $US102,978

Bonus: $US5,544

Total compensation: $US108,522

Change from 2014: +4.2%

Jobs that involve writing software may not pay as well in the general business world as they do in the tech industry, but they still pay well.

Industries like automotive, retail, and finance and accounting are all particularly hot areas for IT pros and programmers in 2015, the Computerworld survey finds.
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title=”No. 13: Project leader, $109,121″
content=”Job title: Project leader

Salary: $US102,978

Bonus: $US6,143

Total compensation: $US109,121

Change from 2014: +4.1%

There are two types of managers in the IT world, those who manage people and those who manage projects. Some IT projects can be huge multi-million dollar, multi-year affairs and the people who lead them are paid accordingly.”
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title=”No. 12: Storage architect, $112,967″
content=”Job title: Storage architect/engineer

Salary: $US106,128

Bonus: $US6,839

Total compensation: $US112,967

Change from 2014: +4.9%

Companies these days are collecting more and more data and using that data in all sorts of ways.

There’s been an explosion of storage technologies that make that possible. The storage architect designs these big data systems. You might say this is a big job getting bigger all the time.”
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title=”No. 11: Mobile specialist, $114,852″
content=”Job title: Mobile specialist/technologist

Salary: $US108,066

Bonus: $US6,786

Total compensation: $US114,852

Change from 2014: +9.3%

Obviously, all things mobile are hot these days. IT people who can write mobile apps and/or manage fleets of mobile devices are in demand.”
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title=”No. 10: Network architect, $119,084″
content=”Job title: Network architect

Salary: $US111,598

Bonus: $US7,486

Total compensation: $US119,084

Change from 2014: +3.4%

Building, maintaining, and securing corporate networks is a complex job that’s getting harder as companies add mobile devices, sensors, and cloud computing tech to the mix.”
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title=”No: 9: Application development manager, $120,938″
content=”Job title: Application development manager

Salary: $US112,580

Bonus: $US8,358

Total compensation: $US120,938

Change from 2014: +3.4%

With so much software development going on, companies need managers to run teams of programmers, and such middle management positions can expect competitive pay.”
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title=”No. 8: Systems architect, $121,317″
content=”Job title: Systems architect

Salary: $US111,626

Bonus: $US9,691

Total compensation: $US121,317

Change from 2014: +3.3%

As IT needs grow, companies need systems architects who can design big complex IT systems with lots of moving parts.”
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title=”No. 7: Database architect, $124,650″
content=”Job title: Database architect

Salary: $US121,067

Bonus: $US3,583

Total compensation: $US124,650

Change from 2014: +2.4%

A database architect designs the databases that are key part of a company’s most important applications.

This is a hot job now because there’s a resurgence in new database technology, which is all part of the ‘big data’ craze, where companies collect massive amounts of info and analyse it for insights.”
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title=”No. 6: Data warehousing manager, $127,004″
content=”Job title: Data warehousing manager

Salary: $US118,773

Bonus: $US8,231

Total compensation: $US127,004

Change from 2014: +2.8%

Before the term ‘big data’ became popular, there was a tech called ‘data warehouse.’

A data warehouse also stores massive volumes has historically been a more expensive version, using special software and storage and the people who run this tech are highly trained and paid well.”
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title=”No. 5: Enterprise architect, $131,589″
content=”Job title: Enterprise architect

Salary: $US121,513

Bonus: $US10,076

Total compensation: $US131,589

Change from 2014: +2.4%

An enterprise architect takes a company’s business strategy and defines an IT systems architecture to support that mission.”
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title=”No. 4: Internet technology architect, $144,990″
content=”Job title: Internet technology architect/strategist

Salary: $US130,813

Bonus: $US14,177

Total compensation: $US144,990

Change from 2014: +2.5%

Every company today is using the internet to sell to customers, buy from suppliers, work with partners and otherwise run their business.

The person responsible for designing and running e-commerce systems is a key IT role and the compensation that reflects its.”
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title=”No. 3: Chief technology officer, $137,623″
content=”Job title: Chief technology officer

Salary: $US137,623

Bonus: $US15,868

Total compensation: $US153,491

Change from 2014: +2.9%

A chief technology officer is the person responsible for a team of IT people.

In some companies this is the top IT job. In others, there are many CTOs, each of them leaders of a particular IT unit. Either way, this a high-profile tech job that pays well.”
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caption=”Werner Vogels, Amazon’s CTO”
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title=”No. 2: Chief security officer, $165,601″
content=”Job title: Chief security officer

Salary: $US144,493

Bonus: $US21,108

Total compensation: $US165,601

Change from 2014: +6.7%

It takes a lot of know-how, tech and, often, a team of people to keep an enterprise safe from hackers.

CSO is a job that has grown in prestige and responsibility in the enterprise world over the past few years, as has the pay for the job.”
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title=”No. 1: Chief information officer, $169,812″
content=”Job title: Chief information officer

Salary: $US149,273

Bonus: $US20,539

Total compensation: $US169,812

Change from 2014: +4.6%

The chief information officer is the person that runs the whole IT department. If technology is important enough to the company, this person may also be a member of the company’s senior leadership teams.”
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title=”And now take a look at the skills you need to land the highest paying jobs”
content=”

30 tech skills that will get you a $US110,000-plus salary


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