In keeping with the challenges faced by workers everywhere
in a period of economic recession, the average mobile enterprise executive is
working harder than he did last year and receiving fewer benefits, while his
salary has remained flat.
These are the results of the second annual Mobile Enterprise
salary survey, which was fielded to Mobile Enterprise readers in June and July
2009. Respondents were asked to report their annual salaries for the calendar
years 2007 and 2008.
The average respondent to this year's survey is a
52-year-old male in an IT management role who earned $113,206 in 2008, a mere
1.14% more than the $111,914 he earned in 2007. He's been in his industry for
21 years or more and has held his current position for 2.5 of those years.
He spends fewer than 10 hours a week as a mobile employee
(meaning that he is not performing his job at a specific desk in his company's
office). He's one of 750 employees at his enterprise, which brought in revenues
of more than $5 billion in 2008.
For the purposes of this report, we're broadly defining the
mobile executive as anyone who is actively involved in deploying or using
mobile devices, software, and/or wireless networks for their enterprises.
The figures comparing average salaries in 2008 and 2007
(Figs. 2 and 4) are derived from responses to our 2009 questionnaire. These are
not a comparison between our 2009 and 2008 survey results. This is because the
profile of our 2009 survey respondents differs in several ways from those who
took our 2008 survey, most notably in the vertical markets served and the size
The 287 respondents to our 2009 Salary Survey are employed
at enterprises of varying sizes across a range of vertical markets.
The verticals with the greatest number of respondents
(non-military, non-public safety)
More than four in 10 respondents (42.2%) make financial
decisions related to the purchasing and deployment of mobile and/or wireless
solutions in their enterprise; of these, 26.5% also have operational
responsibility for those solutions (Fig. 1). More than one fifth of respondents
(22.3%) say they're users of mobile or wireless devices, software or networks
in their enterprises but have no decision-making or operational responsibility
for these solutions.
Flat Is The New Up
Respondents in 2009 span a range of job functions, including
C-level (15.3%), CTO/CIO (4.6%), IT Management (28.5%) and non-IT Management
(15.3%) (Fig. 3). Salaries remained flat for most respondents. Those in IT
management saw the largest percentage increase in their annual salaries from
2007 to 2008 (Fig. 4).
Only 52% of respondents report receiving a salary increase
in the past 12 months; of these, 67% report receiving a raise in the range of
2%-4%. A handful of respondents (16.3%) report having their salaries reduced in
the past 12 months. Of these, 24% say their salaries were cut by 5%, while
nearly one fifth (19%) say they took a 10% salary reduction.
For benefits beyond salary (Fig. 5) and average number of
hours worked per week (Fig. 6) we compare data from our 2008 and 2009 surveys.
The differences are striking, particularly the increase in the average number
of hours worked per week and the decline in some of the "soft"
benefits such as paid sick time, tuition assistance, and parking/transit
While these trends are certainly consistent with what is
being reported in the overall economy, some of the discrepancies in hours
worked and benefits beyond salary may be attributable to variances in the size
of the enterprises and the vertical markets represented by individual
More than a third (36%) of our 2009 respondents spend fewer
than 10 hours a week as a "mobile" employee (meaning they are not
performing their jobs at a specific desk in their company's office), while
nearly as many (32%) are mobile between 10-19 hours per week (Fig. 7).
The majority of respondents (57%) have been in their respective
industries for 21 years or more. More than a third (36%) have held their
current positions for between one and five years, while 28% have been in their
current jobs for six to 10 years. Nearly nine out of 10 respondents (87.8%) are
About the Mobile Enterprise 2009 Salary Survey
This survey was conducted over a six-week period in June and
July 2009 by Mobile Enterprise. The survey responses were obtained by sending
an email invitation to Mobile Enterprise subscribers that asked respondents to
participate in the survey using a web-based form. A drawing to win one of two
$50 Visa Gift Cheques was offered as an incentive to complete the survey. Three
reminder invitations were sent to those that did no respond to the initial
survey. A total of 287 respondents entered the survey. Some respondents did not
complete all aspects of every question. Mobile Enterprise performed the random
drawing to select the winners of the incentive.