Salary Survey Extra: Deep Focus on Men
Posted on
April 19, 2019

Salary Survey Extra is a series of periodic dispatches that give added insight into the findings of our most recent Salary Survey. These posts contain previously unpublished Salary Survey data.

We've already seen a special report on how IT certified women are doing. Now let's take a look at the men.

Last month in this space we zeroed in on the women who participated in our most recent Salary Survey. Not long after that we fielded a comment to the effect that it would be interesting to compare the data on female survey respondents to data on male survey respondents. Sure, why not? Here's the Deep Focus piece about women. Today, we'll Deep Focus on men.

Here's what the salary picture looks like for men who responded to the Salary Survey:

All U.S. Respondents
Average Annual Salary: $109, 250
Median Annual Salary: $108,970
How satisfied are you with your current salary?
Completely Satisfied: 10.2 percent
Very Satisfied: 22.7 percent
Satisfied: 39.8 percent
Not Very Satisfied: 22.5 percent
Not At All Satisfied: 3.8 percent

All Non-U.S. Respondents
Average Annual Salary: $65,540
Median Annual Salary: $59,750
How satisfied are you with your current salary?
Completely Satisfied: 5.4 percent
Very Satisfied: 14.5 percent
Satisfied: 39.6 percent
Not Very Satisfied: 31.3 percent
Not At All Satisfied: 9.2 percent

The largest single body of men who responded to the survey is made up of U.S. residents (53 percent of those surveyed), but we did hear from mail certified IT professionals in 92 other countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Based on our survey data, it would seem that IT-certified men are most likely to be found across the middle ground of the typical range of ages for regularly employed workers. A bit more than 62 percent of those surveyed are either between the ages of 35 and 44 (35.1 percent) or between the ages of 45 and 54 (27.8 percent). There's also a large group of men just settling into the workforce, with 22 percent of survey respondents between the ages of 25 and 35. The outliers are the 2.2 percent of survey respondents who are between the ages of 19 and 24, the 11.4 percent between the ages of 55 and 64, and the 1.5 percent between the ages of 65 and 74.

The highest level of education completed by most male certified IT professionals is either a bachelor's degree (41.2 percent of those surveyed) or master's degree (32 percent), with a further 3 percent having gone even higher up the ladder to complete either a doctorate (1.7 percent) or professional degree (1.9 percent). About the same number of men topped out either with an associate's degree (8 percent of respondents) or by completing some level of technical training after high school (8.3 percent). Out of the remaining 7 percent of respondents, 0.3 percent had no formal education before entering the workforce, 1.6 percent are currently in school, and 5 percent departed the realm of formal education after obtaining a high school diploma.

Among all IT-certified men to participate in the survey, 95.1 percent are employed full-time, while 1.6 percent are currently out of work. The rest are either employed part-time (2.4 percent of those surveyed), students (0.5 percent), or currently taking a sabbatical (0.4 percent). Among those men who have full-time jobs, slightly more than one-third (35.7 percent) have a standard 40-hour work week, while 44.8 percent put in between 41 and 50 hours per week. The outliers are the 10.5 percent of surveyed men who put in more than 50 hours per week, the fortunate few who put in between 30 and 39 hours, and the truly lucky whose "full-time" schedule requires them to be at work either between 20 and 30 hours per week (0.3 percent) or fewer than 20 hours per week (0.1 percent).

In terms of workplace standing, most male certified IT professionals are at the manager level or below, with 15.7 percent of respondents employed as managers while 38.1 percent are at the senior specialist level, 15.8 percent are specialists, and 11.1 percent are rank-and-file employees. The men in upper management roles are mostly either senior managers (8.4 percent of those surveyed) or directors (7.7 percent), though we did hear from a small cadre of executives (3.2 percent).

The largest single group of tech-certified men to participate in the survey are tech veterans: 44.6 percent have worked in a role that directly utilizes one or more of their certified skills for more than a decade. The rest have been plying their certified skills for either between zero years (1 to 11 months) and 2 years (13 percent of respondents), between 3 and 5 years (17.8 percent), between 6 and 8 years (14.6 percent), or between 9 and 10 years (10 percent).

Finally, here's the view of men on key questions from the survey about how certification impacts job performance:

At my current job I use skills learned or enhanced through certification:
Several times a day: 49.3 percent
Several times a week: 27.5 percent
Several times a month: 10.5 percent
Occasionally: 9.5 percent
Rarely: 3.2 percent

Since becoming certified, I feel there is greater demand for my skills.
Strongly agree: 32.6 percent
Agree: 40.6 percent
Neither Agree nor Disagree: 20.4 percent
Disagree: 4.7 percent
Strongly Disagree: 1.7 percent

Becoming certified has increased my problem-solving skills.
Strongly agree: 24.7 percent
Agree: 42.9 percent
Neither Agree nor Disagree: 23 percent
Disagree: 6.9 percent
Strongly Disagree: 2.5 percent

Becoming certified has increased my workplace productivity.
Strongly agree: 23.7 percent
Agree: 39.1 percent
Neither Agree nor Disagree: 26.9 percent
Disagree: 7.4 percent
Strongly Disagree: 2.9 percent

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