When you were a child, what did you picture for your future? Probably not working one or two dead-end jobs just to make ends meet. Probably not fretting about how you’ll provide for your family. You wanted to pursue your passions, land an exciting career and earn a living doing what you love!
Today that passion and career interest has led you to the field of technology. You’ve heard about some of the fascinating opportunities in this growing field. But even more important than finding a career you enjoy is finding one that will help you support your family.
You’ll be happy to know that a technology career could do both. Keep reading to learn about some of the entry-level tech salaries that could help make a financial difference right away!
10 entry-level tech salaries you can’t ignore
Stop worrying and start searching. We used real-time job analysis software to examine more than 400,000 postings for entry-level tech jobs.1 This data helped us identify the top 10 tech jobs available for individuals with 0-2 years of experience.
Take a look at the starting salary ranges associated with each position.2 It’s time to stop dreaming about what could be and start moving toward a better future for you and your family.
1. Software developer
Projected growth (2014 – 24):17% (much faster than average)
Entry-level salary range (2015): $57,340 - $98,260 annually
What they do: Software developers are in charge of the spectrum of duties it takes to develop a software program. They analyze users’ needs in order to design, test and develop software to meet those needs. They also document the aspects of an application or system and create models or diagrams to instruct programmers on how to write software codes.
2. Computer support specialist
Projected growth (2014 – 24): 12% (faster than average)
Entry-level salary range (2015): $28,980 - $47,660 annually
What they do: There are a few options that fall under the umbrella of computer support specialist. Computer network support specialists evaluate networks, perform maintenance and troubleshoot problems as they arise. Computer user support specialists work with customers to diagnose and solve problems. They also may help to set up and repair computer equipment and train users on new computer hardware, software and equipment.
3. Systems analyst
Projected growth (2014 – 24): 21% (much faster than average)
Entry-level salary range (2015): $51,920 - $85,800 annually
What they do: Systems analysts spend their days researching new technologies, preparing analyses of cost/benefits on upgrades, devising new ways to add functionality to existing systems and overseeing installation/testing to ensure the systems work as they should.
4. Network systems administrator
Projected growth (2014 – 24): 8% (as fast as average)
Entry-level salary range (2015): $47,460 - $77,810 annually
What they do: Network systems administrators manage an organizations networks. They determine the network needs, install hardware and software, make repairs, do maintenance and train users. They also may collect data in order to optimize network/system performance and solve problems as they arise.
5. Database administrator
Projected growth (2014 – 24): 11% (faster than average)
Entry-level salary range (2015): $45,460 - $81,710 annually
What they do: Database administrators manage data, such as financial information, customer records and more. They work to maintain databases, ensuring data is secure and backed up so it cannot be lost. They also work to identify user needs, make and test changes to databases, and merge old databases into new.
6. Network architect
Projected growth (2014 – 24): 9% (faster than average)
Entry-level salary range (2015): $56,230 - $100,240 annually
What they do: Network architects design and build computer networks. This includes researching new technologies and creating/presenting plans for a network to management, explaining why said plans are beneficial for the organization. They may also work to upgrade hardware and software in order to support their network plans.
7. Web developer
Projected growth (2014 – 24): 27% (much faster than average)
Entry-level salary range (2015): $34,770 - $64,970 annually
What they do: Web developers help to design and build websites. They may meet with either private clients or management of an organization to discuss needs. Then they get to work creating and testing applications for websites, writing code and working with other team members to determine a website’s layout, graphics, audio and more. They may also monitor website traffic.
8. Information security analyst
Projected growth (2014 – 24): 18% (much faster than average)
Entry-level salary range (2015): $51,280 - $90,120 annually
What they do: Information security analysts work to protect computer networks and systems. They research IT security trends, develop security standards and recommend enhancements to protect against security breaches. Should a breach occur, they investigate the cause and prepare reports that outline damages.
9. Data mining analyst3
Projected growth (2014 – 24): 30% (much faster than average)
Entry-level salary range (2015): $43,520 - $78,630 annually
What they do: Data mining analysts collect and organize relevant information in order to examine and analyze it to solve real-world problems in business, logistics, healthcare and more. These individuals advise managers and decision makers on the impacts of various courses of action, using memos reports and other ways to explain their findings and develop practical solutions.
10. Mobile applications developer
Projected growth (2014 – 24): 19% (much faster than average)
Entry-level salary range (2015): $57,340 - $98,260 annually
What they do: Mobile application developers design or customize computer applications software to meet the needs of users. They’re also responsible for coding, testing, debugging and monitoring existing software applications to ensure they are running properly.
Get started on your IT career path
The most valuable piece of information you should take from this article is that these entry-level IT salaries can help provide the financial stability you and your family are seeking. Nearly all of the featured entry-level positions boasts a median annual salary that is higher than the national average for all occupations at all experience levels, which was $48,320 in 2014, according to the BLS.
So if you’re ready to leave behind a job you tolerate in order to pursue a career that you’re passionate about and offers financial freedom, the IT field has ample opportunity and plenty of room to grow.
Does this earning potential have you convinced that a career in IT is right for you? Learn more about the degree that can help get your foot in the door in our article: What Can You Do With an IT Management Degree?
1 Burning-Glass.com (analysis of 400,315 entry-level IT job postings, Mar. 01, 2015 – Feb. 29, 2016)
2 Salary ranges reflect the 10th to 50th percentiles of reported annual salaries for each position according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment & Wages, 2015. This data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
3 Salary info for data mining analyst reflects the BLS data for the “operation research analysts” category. Actual salary data for this specialized position may vary.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published in December 2013. The article has since been updated to include information relevant to 2016.