Are you Paying Enough to Attract and Retain IT & Engineering Professionals?

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sherry for newes.jpgOne of the great things CAI’s survey research suite offers is the opportunity to participate in national surveys conducted by the Employer Associations of America (EAA). A number of you are familiar with the EAA National IT & Engineering Compensation Survey, which CAI co-sponsors, and are aware of the value provided for this specialized job set.


Recently we posted a spotlight on STEM positions (jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) in our own NC Wage & Salary Survey. While we offer a common subset of IT & Engineering fields, we like to look to the national survey for an exhaustive list of job families, job titles, and multiple levels to really gauge the complexity of these fields based on experience and expertise. Nearly every North Carolina employer has some degree of IT operations, whether minimal staff or multiple departments. Many employers also have engineering teams, again, with varying capacity and specialty.


The 2015 EAA National IT & Engineering Compensation Survey is now open for participation through June 19th and all members are encouraged to participate.   Even if you participate in another survey source, we strongly advise using multiple survey sources to give you more confidence in your data decisions.  What sources are you using for IT and Engineering salaries?  Are your sources reputable, reliable, and current with a local component? Again, having both the NC Wage & Salary Survey to cover your common IT & Engineering jobs and the national survey to cover niche positions plus Entry to Senior Principal levels is a great way to put a pulse on this in-demand job data.


Last year’s survey garnered solid interest nationally with over 1,300 organizations participating from more than 40 states. Nearly 50 employers participated from North Carolina.  Members who regularly support this survey love the specialization and distinct levels. Nowhere else can you find base pay, variable pay and total compensation data for 180 benchmark IT & Engineering jobs. The National IT & Engineering Compensation Survey is very unique in that it caters entirely to this hot and competitive field, knowing that pay tends to be decided in a not so standard way.


Check out this local NC job data as reported for Application Developer/Programmer in last year’s report:



Base Pay

Weighted Avg

Base Pay


Total Comp

Weighted Avg

Total Comp


Level I (Entry)





Level II (Experienced)





Level III (Advanced)





Level IV (Principal)






Not shown above is variable pay (number eligible, actual pay versus target). Also not shown are additional breakouts such as industry, sales volume, employer size and tax status. Why not participate and gain access to this kind of data for 180 jobs? Participation is free, results are free. Get in on this win-win. To participate in the national survey by June 19th, a unique link is required. Please contact the CAI Survey Team to inquire about your organization’s status and get started. Exercise your member benefit by showing your support of CAI/EAA Surveys today.