Network World’s Annual Salary Survey Shows

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JULY 21, 2003 – Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, published its annual Salary and Top Concerns surveys. This year's Salary survey reveals that compensation for the highest-level Network IT Executives rose 3.5%, while salaries for network managers and their staff increased 4% over 2002. Although modest, these increases outpace the 2002 inflation rate of 1.59%.

One of the biggest surprises of the survey is bonuses for Network IT Executives, who expect a very healthy 24.7% increase over 2002, during which bonuses were often frozen for business reasons. An even more inspiring increase, of 30.9%, is expected by e-commerce-related professionals.

Network IT Executives can explore their earning potential with Network World's Salary Calculator available on Network World Fusion at "With our salary calculator, Network professionals check out what they should be earning based on their job title, years of experience and location. They can then use this information during compensation review discussions or in new employment interviews," comments Beth Schultz, editor of the Network World You Issue.

Network World's second survey, "Top Concerns," reveals securing the enterprise from hackers as the top concern among respondents for the third year in a row. Some of the other top-rated concerns are skills acquisition in new and emerging technologies; disaster recovery and business continuity procedures; and finding and retaining qualified employees.

These two highly-anticipated surveys are published in Network World's annual You Issue which showcases the professional and personal worlds of Network IT Executives. Highlights of this special Signature Series issue are:

You, the Corporate Bad Guy

Network IT Executives are often forced into the role of company enforcer as they go about their business of keeping the enterprise network up, clean and law-abiding.

Making your Decisions Ethical

Network professionals discuss how they maintain their values when dealing with challenging ethical dilemmas.

You Work Where?

Interesting places network professionals work spotlights: NFL Films, where managing the sophisticated network that carries all that glorious football footage is the dream job of a shameless football fan and network director; and the San Diego Supercomputer Center, playing off a power lifting champion's strength and background in handling massive data sets to oversee the world's fastest grid computing network.

The [Online] Games you Play

What do network professionals do to unwind? Go online and play of course!

Additional You Issue-related stories can be found online at

The You Issue is one of six Signature Series published bimonthly by Network World. These award-winning high profile series provide a comprehensive look at the most important issues facing Network IT Executives today.

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