Network executives are commanding inflation-beating pay increases, generous BONUSES and other pay-check boosting goodies

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JULY 26, 2004 – Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, published its annual You Issue featuring the results of its popular Salary survey. This year's survey reveals that base pay for senior-level Network IT Executives rose to $111,000 on average, a 5.6% increase over 2003. The average bonus for this group is an anticipated $19,000.

Middle-level network IT professionals experienced salary increases of 4.6% over 2003. Other titles faring well were e-commerce managers (5.3%) and network operations workers (4.7%). Salaries in the network IT sector have continued to grow far faster than the rate of inflation, giving hope to the buzz that the economic recovery is really underway in the business sector.

An online Salary Calculator complements the You Issue, allowing Network IT Executives the opportunity to further explore their earning potential. The Salary Calculator is available on Network World Fusion at www.nwfusion.com; DocFinder: 3021. With this tool, IT professionals can find out how much they should be earning based on job title, location and years of experience.

The survey also asks network IT professionals to indicate job satisfaction based on a selection of criteria. This year, like last, job security is the Number 1 factor. The threat – imagined or real – of jobs going to offshore outsourcers may be fueling the fear about job security.

In addition to the Salary survey, the Network World You Issue explores the world of Network IT Executives -their profession, their employers, compensation, and their views on the state of the network industry. Highlights are:

You Work Where?

An insider's look at three of the cool places network professionals work – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Cyberathlete Professional League.

Your Life in the Virtualized Future

New career options are opening as virtualization and other new data center technologies take root in the enterprise.

The Public Side of You

An exploration of how great public speaking skills can get network professionals noticed and promoted.

The Things You Collect

Follow network professionals on a typical weekend prowling through estate sales and the like as they indulge their passions for the perfect find.

Additional You Issue-related stories can be found online at www.nwfusion.com/you/2004/. The You Issue is one of six Signature Series issues published bimonthly by Network World. This award-winning, high-profile series provide a comprehensive look at the most important issues facing Network IT Executives today.

About Network World

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