Security professionals and administrators of systems and networks may soon have access to the results of an extensive survey on salaries, job satisfaction and turnover in their field - if they participate in online research being conducted by a professional association.
The SANS (System Administration, Networking, and Security) Institute, which describes itself as a cooperative research and education organisation, hopes to get at least 11,000 specialised information technologists to fill out its annual survey this year, which started last week, at www.sans.org/salary99.htm. The survey will be available online for about 15 days, and the group expects to make the resulting data available to respondents about three or four weeks after the survey closes.
The questions on this year's survey are more extensive than last year's, which drew 7189 valid responses, according to Alan Paller, director of research for the organisation. This year, SANS will gather data on satisfaction levels, turnover, trade-offs between consulting and salaried jobs, and how employers are retaining quality staff, he said.
Last year's survey showed that the average salary in this field for 1998 was $US60,991, and that independent consultants were earning about $22,000 more than contractors, who earned $10,000 more than salaried employees. The survey also showed that while men reported raises of 12.1 per cent, women's raises averaged 10.3 per cent. The US Southwest and Northeast regions were the most lucrative places to work.