Salaries Flat, but Mobile Jobs Grow

By  Lori Castle — November 09, 2012

At press time, we were still 2 weeks away from the election, and people still feel uneasy about the economy. The 2012 Mobile Enterprise Salary Survey was conducted mid-year, but reflects the general uncertainty of the climate now.

Respondents for 2012 came from across verticals with the majority (70%) working in government, manufacturing, education, finance, healthcare, retail, hospitality and energy.

Annual revenues provided a good picture of the business world with 37% of respondents representing the largest enterprises of $500M or more; 22% were from companies of $100M to $499M and 41% work in “smaller” businesses of  $100M or less.

Respondents reflect the Mobile Enterprise audience, with 55% coming from IT and the rest from business functions. Across both, 17% hold C-level titles, 50% are management, with the remainder being a mix of operations/admin/finance.

The majority (65%) make financial decisions related to mobile/wireless purchasing, and 25% actively administer, maintain and deploy networks, apps and devices.

More Mobility
Mobility at work is on the rise, with 40% less people than 2011 reporting no remote component to their jobs;.49% now report working mobile at least 2 to 3 days per week and 5% spend their entire week mobile. The survey showed the C-Suite (both business and IT) being the most mobile of all respondents.

Did anybody get a raise?
There was a slight, but noticeable change from the 2011 survey when 54% said they had received a raise the prior year, compared to 65% of respondents in the 2012 survey.

More dramatic, however, the number of people in the 2011 survey who said that they received a pay cut the prior year, dropped by 70% in the 2012 survey. This should mean that things are leveling, with 61% saying they did expect a raise in 2012.

Salaries Overall
If no news is good news, then the flat salaries are a positive sign. The 2012 survey asked respondents to report salaries for both 2010 and 2011 in order to have an accurate look at year over year. Overall, nothing changed for the 8% making less than $55,000.

Other brackets saw similar stays:

  • $55,000 to $99,000 – 38% in 2010, 37% in 2011
  • $100,000 to $159,999 – 36% in 2010, 37% in 2011
  • $160,000  to $199,999 –8% in 2010, 7% in 2011
  • Over $200,000 – 10% in 2010, 11% in 2011
By title, the greatest area of change with C-Level (non-IT) functions is in the $160,000 to $199,999 range where 11% fell in 2010 and 0 in 2011. However, those making between $200,000 and $249,999 grew from 11% to 22%, alluding to upward movement at this income level.

The C-Level executives charged with IT (CIO, CTO etc.) make a bit less and a bit more than their business counterparts as no one at this level from the business C-Suite reported making less than $75,000 or more than $300,000.

C-Level IT stats came in as follows
  • $70,000 to $74,999 – 11% in 2010 and 0 in 2011
  • $75,000 to $99,999 – 11% in 2010 and  22% in 2011
  • $100 to $159,999  – 33% in 2010 and 2011
  • $160.000 to $229,999 – 33% in 2010 and 2011
  • Over $300,000 – 11% in 2010 and 2011
Things were more volatile both positively and negatively, at the IT management level where 5% reported unemployment versus none last year. These roles also saw a:
  • 13% drop in those making $55,000 to $99,999
  • 8% increase in those making $100,000 to $159,999
  • 50% drop in those making $160,000 to $199,999
  • But a 62% increase in those making over $200,000
Non-IT management salaries parallel those at the C-level and are, again, higher than IT roles with 4% reporting they made over $300,000 in both years.

The similarities end there, with a 12% drop in those making $55,000 to $99,999; 7% increase in those making $100,000 to $159,999; 70% increase in those making  $160,000 to $199,999, but a 33% drop in those making over $200,000  (but less than $300,000).

The data provides little insight into change in these functions with a 25% increase in both those reporting income under $50,000 and from $50,000 to $99,999. Yet, 20% said they made over $100,000 in 2010 and that number does not exist for 2011.

It’s hard to say if  this shift represents a decline in business roles overall, but things are expected to become clearer by Q1 2013.


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