1987 Computer Salary Survey

3 May 2009 at 11:18PM Leave a comment

After graduating from college, I set out on the job hunt. One of the companies interviewing me at the time was Source EDP Personnel Services. Source EDP provided IT consulting services, and billed themselves as “the world’s largest recruiting firm devoted exclusively to the computer profession”. As part of their offering, they shared their 1987 Computer Salary Survey and Career Planning Guide. After I got the another offer, I stuck the salary survey in a file, where it stayed until last week.

The first graphic image in the publication is of a stack of greenbar paper with large dollar signs in ASCII art.  But, even though the data is old, it can still offer a useful comparison to today’s technology salaries. We’ve come  a long way!

Here’s the meat of the survey for non-management positions:

I. Non-Management Annual Compensation ($000)
(salary according to length of time in the
profession)
15th Percentile Median 85th Percentile
Commercial Programmers & Programmer/Analysts
1 year – 2 years 18.5 22.5 26.5
2 years – 5 years 23.5 27.8 32.0
Over 5 years 28.0 33.0 39.0
Engineering/Scientific Programmers &
Programmer/Analysts
1 year – 2 years 19.6 25.0 28.5
2 years – 5 years 25.5 30.0 35.0
Over 5 years 31.0 38.0 46.0
Personal Computer/Microprocessor Programmers &
Analysts
1 year – 2 years 18.0 22.0 27.0
2 years – 5 years 22.0 28.0 33.0
Over 5 years 28.4 35.0 42.0
Systems (Software) Programmers
1 year – 2 years 23.4 27.2 31.0
2 years – 5 years 27.7 33.0 37.5
5 years – 7 years 32.0 38.0 45.0
Over 7 years 36.0 42.0 50.0
Software Engineers
1 year – 2 years 22.0 27.0 30.1
2 years – 5 years 27.5 32. 37.0
5 years – 7 years 31.5 38.0 44.0
Over 7 years 37.2 44.5 53.1
Data Base Analysts/Data Management Specialists
1 year – 2 years 22.0 26.0 31.5
2 years – 5 years 26.0 35.0 42.0
5 years – 7 years 34.0 40.0 48.2
Over 7 years 37.2 44.5 53.1
Communications Analysts/Technical
Specialists
1 year – 2 years 22.0 26.0 30.0
2 years – 5 years 28.9 37.0 47.0
Over 5 years 33.6 43.0 51.2
Information Center/Office Automation/Decision Support
Specialists
1 year – 2 years 18.5 24.1 27.1
2 years – 5 years 23.5 30.0 36.0
Over
5 years
29.5 37.5 45.0
EDP Auditors
1 year – 2 years 22.0 25.0 29.0
2 years – 5 years 26.5 31.0 37.3
5 years – 7 years 30.7 36.0 46.2
Over 7 years 35.0 42.0 51.0
Technical Writers & Editors
1 year – 2 years 17.5 1100 27.5
2 years – 5 years 23.0 28.0 33.0
5 years – 7 years 26.0 31.0 38.0
Over 7 years 27.0 34.0 41.0
Senior Analysts, Project Leaders & Consultants
2 years – 5 years 27.0 33.0 39.6
5 years – 7 years 32.5 37.7 44.5
Over 7 years 36.0 42.0 50.0
Computer Operators
1 year – 2 years 14.0 18.0 20.0
2 years – 5 years 17.0 21.0 25.0
Over 5 years 20.0 25.6 31.5

Source EDP was purchased by Romac International, and later became Kforce Technology Staffing. Kforce still offers a salary survey and career guide. Download the latest version in PDF format from here.
http://www.kforce.com/files/documents/2008_Tech_Job_Seeker_SS.pdf

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