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Incomes of Technical Professionals Decline,
IEEE-USA Salary Survey Reveals
WASHINGTON (22 December 2004)
— Median income for electrotechnology and information
technology professionals declined for the first
time in 31 years, according to the latest
IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey.
Median incomes from primary sources — base
pay plus any self-employment income,
commissions, or bonuses — for U.S. IEEE
members working full-time in their area of
professional competence decreased from $101,000
in 2002 to $99,500 in 2003. This $1,500 drop
(1.49 percent) is the first time the median
salary has not risen since the survey was
originally conducted in 1972.
Median salaries had shown substantial gains
since 1994's median of $67,000. The medians were
$72,000 in 1996; $82,000 in 1998; and $93,100 in
When accounting for inflation and stated in
constant 2004 dollars, 2003 purchasing power
fell to $102,501 from $106,418 in 2002, a
decrease of 3.68 percent. The 2003 figure is
only slightly above the $102,480 reported in
2000, and is the first purchasing power decline
in 15 years.
"These results are disturbing, but not
surprising," IEEE-USA President John Steadman
said. "A host of factors, from offshoring and
increased use of guest worker visas, to rising
health insurance costs and global competition,
are putting downward pressure on wages for U.S.
The Internet-based survey of the IEEE's U.S.
membership was conducted in late 2004. It is
based on 2003 data from 12,584 respondents, the
highest response rate IEEE-USA has recorded. The
vast majority of respondents (11,182) are
full-time workers. Of these, 10,114 were
employed in their primary area of technical
competence, or job specialty.
Job classifications include electrical and
electronics engineers, computer hardware and
software engineers, and computer scientists and
system analysts, among others.
IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the IEEE.
It was created in 1973 to advance the public
good and promote the careers and public-policy
interests of the more than 225,000 technology
professionals who are U.S. members of the IEEE.
The IEEE is the world's largest technical
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