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IT Security Salaries Should Increase by 4% in 2011

"The shortage of skilled security professionals, with demand clearly outpacing supply, is another factor leading to growth in this field," says Ragland, a Security Professional with MBM Consulting, LLC.

Financial Institutes are starting to feel the pain from regulatory agencies to complete security assessments, such as the Payment Card Industry, (PCI) and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX). Security personal are lacking in these markets and will be in great demand.

In comparing the salary trends in most recent years, the growth within information security has remained consistent with an increase of between 3-4% for most positions.

The only exception for 2011 is an extra demand for IT security skills coming from specific industries such as healthcare, where organizations are increasingly looking to hire information security analysts, privacy officers and risk managers to assist with the conversion to electronic medical records.

The other in-demand job segments include positions with database skills such as SQL Server and IBM Db2, enterprise resource planning, data modeling and business intelligence, as well as SharePoint skills, where the projected growth is above 5% for 2011.

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Following are the five top security positions that offer promising growth in 2011:

1. Data architects are expected to see a handsome boost in base pay in 2011, with their average starting salary rising 4.9 percent to the range of $91,750-$126,500.

2. Lead application developer salaries at large (more than $250 million in sales) and midsize companies are predicted to climb 4.7 percent, reflecting a compensation range of 85,000-$117,500

3. Data security analysts are anticipated to receive starting salary offers within the range of $84,000-$114,500, a 4.5 percent increase over last year.

4. Information system security managers are expected to climb 4.4 percent in the year ahead to $99,500-$137,750.

5. Network administrators can anticipate a 4.3 percent gain in base pay, to a range of $81,000-$111,250.

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