Survey predicts upswing in N.O.-area tech salaries

Survey predicts upswing in N.O.-area tech salaries

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Salaries in the technology industry are expected to rise nearly 6 percent next year amid growing demand in the industry, according to a new survey.

According to our partners at New Orleans CityBusiness, staffing firm Robert Half released the predictions this month as part of its 2016 salary guide, based on thousands of placements and interviews.

The firm looked at salaries for software developers, database administrators, quality assurance analysts, business intelligence developers, business analysts and project managers, among others.

It found that New Orleans-area salaries typically were 99 percent of the nationwide average.

For example, a technical writer on the higher end of the salary scale nationwide earned $85,250 this year and will make $87,250 next year, according to the survey.

In New Orleans, that same position would earn $84,397 next year.

Erin Hogan, division director for Robert Half Technology in New Orleans, said lower unemployment rates and a high-demand field are driving higher salaries.

"Companies continue to hire, but they're facing challenges finding professionals with these specific skills," she said. "The demand continues to outpace the supply."

To compete, firms are offering higher salaries to attract new hires and retain top performers.

Potential employees "are looking for compelling offers and a solid career path with a stable company," she said.
"It's not just an offer these days, it's really the whole package that candidates and employees are looking at."

The firm projects accounting and finance salaries to rise 4.5 percent next year. Marketing, administrative and office salaries will increase 3.5 percent and legal salaries will see a 3 percent jump, the survey said.

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