Digital is no longer the flip side of technology business. It is very much “The Business” now. By all standards, digital is actually the best paying technology segment globally. The tittles and the opportunities they command are truly encouraging as far as salaries and job challenges are concerned.

Here are top 9 technology positions that continue to gain attention and business opportunities.

  1. Chief Technology Officer

The average salary for this position is $178,585. If hourly rates are evaluated, it comes to a promising $90/hour.

The Big Data push across ecommerce platforms, gaming and social networking services make this executive position a very volatile, yet productive job title to hold till 2017. Similar titles that fall within the same salary bracket include Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer.

  1. Engineering Manager

Engineering managers in the US are drawing an annual package of $131,090. The range varies between $116,196 and $147,911.

Hired to head a team of developers, visual designers and innovators, engineering managers supervise technologists on projects pertaining to all fields in civil, electrical, mechanical, electronics & telecommunications, IT, computer science, bio-information, and environmental science.

  1. Enterprise Software Services Development Manager

This is a big money position and continues to climb up the ladder in the technology sector. There have been offers made to talent in the range of $200,000, but the average is around $121,908. Big companies are ready to pay for these on demand roles — specialist engineers and senior product managers –who collaborate with user community representatives, government personnel and developers.

  1. Data Scientists

Data scientist is currently the most dynamic job role to source for in 2016. In terms of annual salary package, the data scientist is hard to beat. An average data scientist can earn a handsome pay check of $120,000 per year. Between 2013 and 2016, data scientist salaries have registered 113% increase in salaries compared to other job postings. Big Data adoption has played a key role in this.

  1. Mobile Developers

The average package for a mobile developer is $115,460. Transition in mobile platforms has responded in mobile developers moving from the top tier in terms of salary. Android, Ios, Windows, Windows Phone 8, Blackberry, Tizen, and J2ME are some of the deployments that require constant sourcing. Depending on the years of experience and the duration of the project, the salary range can go up to $150,000 by 2017 end.

  1. Information Security Manager

The average annual salary range for an IS security manager is around $113,754. Responsibilities for an IS manager include disaster assessment and recovery, database protection, and software development at the enterprise level.

  1. Statistical Programmer

For bigger perks in the industry, coding alone won’t do. Statistical programmers have to ace the analytics segment by using statistics and mathematics. The average salary for statistical programming support for pharma development, gRED, and pRED organizations is around $111,656.

  1. Embedded App Developer/ Software Engineer

Embedded technologies and related app development is growing area in digital. The average salary for experience in Driver/ Core development is $110,899. Developers and engineers working on real-time communication and control environments earn higher than the average salary quoted.

  1. Dev ops/ Information Architect

DevOps professionals earn an annual package of $109,641. The skills associated with the high paying job title are Chef (Opscode), Puppet and Cloud. Median salary for this role is on a constant rise, and next year in 2017, it will definitely feature among the top 5 highest paying job titles across industries.

The Bottom Line

Men and women executives have shown equal penchant to seize the opportunities in the technology industry. At equal pay, the technology industry is a good bet for qualified candidates.


Glassdoor, British Labour Statistics, Salary.com2016 Gartner CIO Agenda