A survey finds starting salaries in Nebraska will rise a little over 3% next year, slightly under the national average.
Mike Gremmer is a regional vice president for Robert Half International, the recruiting firm that produced the study.
Gremmer says starting salaries nationwide will rise about 3.4%, but for Nebraska, it’s around 3.1%.
With increasing demand on websites, email and other information technologies, he says I-T positions will see the biggest gains in Nebraska and nationwide.
Gremmer says, “In the technology arena, your systems and network engineers, developers, those with .net and java skills, data warehousing, business intelligence professionals, these would range upwards of 5.5 to 6.7% increases on their starting salaries.”
Some professions will see better boosts, according to the agency’s 2012 Salary Survey, including business systems analysts, financial analysts and staff accountants. He says there are two key areas where most workers are virtually guaranteed a good salary.
“Certainly the IT is a very good arena to start in and continue to grow with,” Gremmer says. “Accounting and finance has continued on and it’s going to be a very important piece of a company’s ability to grow and to maintain their growth.”
Parts of the Midwest have been well insulated from some of the impact of the recession the past few years.
While Nebraska’s salary numbers may be slightly below the national average, he says that may be because they weren’t as negatively impacted by the economy as those in other regions.