DP salaries reach record highs.
DP Salaries Reach Record Highs Starting salaries for data processors reached an all-time high this year, up an average increase of 4.2 percent, according to Robert Half International, a San francisco dp and financial recuriting firm. Jobs covered in a nationwide survey include programmers, systems analysts, computer operators, project managers, data base administrators, EDP auditors, and MIS directors. Starting salaries only are presented because unlike going salaries, they are free of distortions due to seniority, loyalty, personality, and large differentials based on effort and ability. Salaries are also presented according to the size of the installation, which is based on the CPU size and the number of professionals employed. Large installations have 50 people, medium 15 to 49, and small, under 15.
Programmers working at small installations will find starting salaries in the $20,000 to $25,000 range, up 5.9 percent from last year, for example. But systems analysts at large installations can expect starting salaries ranging from $36,000 to $44,000, only a 2.6 percent gain. Operators at medium-size installations will be in the $18,000 to $23,000 range, a 5.1 percent gain, and MIS directors at large installations have salaries in the $61,000 to $81,000 range, a 1.4 percent gain. The salary ranges are national averages and geographic variances should be applied to all salaries less than $50,000. California, Connecticut and Massachusetts salaries are 5 percent higher than the national average, for example, whereas Arizona, Florida, and Maine salaries are as much as 10 percent lower.