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U.S. Tech Salaries Grow, but Not For Everyone


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An overall upward trend.

IEEE-USA's 2021 Salary & Benefits survey found overall satisfaction rose during the pandemic, although survey respondents said their satisfaction with technical challenge, employer support for technical viability, and work/life balance had declined since the 2019 survey.

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IEEE-USA's 2021 Salary & Benefits survey estimated that median income for U.S. technology professionals rose from $148,500 to $154,443 from 2019 to 2020, an approximately 2.8% bump.

This particularly benefits engineers this year, given inflation-adjusted salaries were unchanged in 2019.

Yet gains were distributed unequally: consumer electronics and broadcast technology engineers earned the highest median wages of $209,373 and $209,000, respectively.

Near the bottom were energy and power-engineering professionals, earning a median salary of $140,000.

Gender- and race-related salary disparities widened, with the median gap between men and women's salaries climbing $5,500 to $28,000 from 2019, while that between Caucasians and African Americans increased $2,250 to $24,250 in 2020.

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