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Techie starting salaries to remain stable

IT professionals can expect a moderate increase in starting salary, a staffing firm says.

Starting salaries for information technology professionals overall are projected to increase an average of 0.5 percent in 2005, according to a report Thursday from staffing firm Robert Half Technology. This projected modest rise compares to the 1.6 percent decline in base compensation that was projected this time last year, the firm said. Larger increases are expected in high-demand specialties such as information security and quality assurance, according to Robert Half.

The firm said network security administrators can expect base compensation in the range of $63,750 to $90,500, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2004 starting salaries. On the other hand, the firm said, base compensation for desktop support analysts will drop 3.8 percent, with starting salaries in the range of $44,500 to $63,250. The study comes amid mixed signals about whether the job market is improving for tech professionals.