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No, software engineers aren't the highest paid employees in tech

Technically Incorrect: You thought that coding is where the money is? A new report says that isn't true.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


He's not the highest paid? Why not?

Silicon Valley/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

They're almost mythical beings.

They sit staring at their screens and creating everything that's behind those lovely apps you often stop using after two weeks.

They're software engineers. They're the contemporary artists of the digital world.

Surely, you'd think, they get the most money.

It seems not.

A new report issued by Hired, which connects companies with IT talent, insists that companies might value software engineers, but there's one employee subset they value more.

It's not that the engineers are suffering exactly. The report says: "While salary offers for software engineers decreased by 2 percent in Q2, at $123K on average, job security is no concern. Software engineers have received nearly 56,000 interview requests in 2016 -- the highest of any tech role by far."

So if you want to be paid more than software engineers in tech, what should you be doing?

You should be a product manager.

Yes, the people whom software engineers, um, admire for their innate rationality, reasonableness and all-around world savvy are the highest paid employees in tech.

Hired says that initial offers made to product managers in the second quarter of 2016 involved an average salary of $133,000.

It adds this tantalizing nugget: "Interview requests with product managers increased by 8 percent in Q2, so salaries may go up again."

Hired looked at 31,146 interview requests from 1,848 companies. You might think that theirs is just one perspective.

However, a comparison from 2014 of Google and Facebook and other companies' H1-B applicants also showed that product managers were more valued.

Some may see a life lesson in all this.

You might decide that money isn't everything. You should do what you love doing.

You might also decide that the world revolves not so much around those who create, but around those who take those creations, bring them into the capitalist world and make money out of them.

Please don't worry too much about those in tech for now, though. Not even about the Guilfoyles and the Dineshes.

Hired says in the second quarter, software engineers received a 14 percent increase in interview requests.

You see? They're doing just fine.