Income gap developing between campus IT professionals

Chief information officers on college campuses saw their annual income increase 1.4 times more than the lowest paid IT staffers last year, expanding an already large income gap in college IT offices.

There exists a wide income gap among CIOs.

Those findings and others were detailed in a report released Oct. 16 at the EDUCAUSE 2013 conference in Anaheim, Calif., where campus technologists gathered to discuss the latest trends, problems, and solutions in educational technology.

The report, “IT Salaries in Higher Education,” shows a growing and persistent income gap between those who call the shots in campus IT, and support staff who have seen incomes stagnate in recent years.

There’s even an expanding gap among CIOs, with the country’s highest paid CIOs making $500,000 more than the lowest paid chief campus technologists.

Overall IT salaries in higher education increase by 2 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the EDUCAUSE report, failing to keep up with the rate of inflation.

This mimics overall higher education salary increases, which did not keep up with inflation.

The report, penned by Susan Grajek of the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, warned college and university IT heads to keep a close watch on the distribution of dollars, even during difficult economic times that have hurt many campus budgets.

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