Although many people associate six-figure salaries with executive positions, those with a knack for technology and creative thinking can earn handsome compensation, too. Salaries often top $100,000 for roles such as information architects, data security analysts and user experience (UX) designers, according to research by Robert Half Technology and the Creative Group.
The generous compensation levels are due to high demand for these professionals as organizations strive to enhance their digital presence and boost investments in information technology infrastructure.
"Many of these in-demand jobs require a high degree of specialization and, oftentimes, employers find it challenging to fill these roles," said Lara Dodo, a regional vice-president of Robert Half Technology and the Creative Group in Canada. "Employers are prepared to compensate well for professionals with solid experience in areas such as enhancing and securing a firm's online presence across multiple platforms, or gathering and assessing business data."
The following are six technology and design jobs that can pay six-figures:
•Mobile applications developer: As companies strive to reach consumers on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, they need professionals who can develop applications for the small screen. Average starting salaries for mobile applications developers range from $72,500 to $102,750. The midpoint is $87,625.
•Data security analyst: Security threats are constantly changing, and staff members who can analyze risk and protect against it are in demand. These workers can make between $83,250 and $124,500, on average. The midpoint is $103,875.
•Interactive creative director: These individuals lead interactive creative teams, composed of designers, writers and art directors, who together are responsible for visual and conceptual creative direction and user experience. Average base compensation is $95,000 to $140,000. The midpoint is $117,500.
•Business systems analyst: Organizations seeking to gather more information about their customers need professionals who can analyze complex business problems and assess how automated systems can be implemented to solve them. Starting salaries range from $78,500 to $108,750 for this position, on average. The midpoint is $93,625.
•Information architect: These individuals help define content strategy and design website features, as well as analyze audiences and their needs, in order to improve architecture and navigation. Base compensation for this position is between $90,000 and $140,000, on average. The midpoint is $115,000.
•User experience (UX) designer: Because so much customer interaction happens online, companies are looking for professionals who can create positive digital experiences. The average starting pay range for these individuals is $80,000 to $120,000. The midpoint is $100,000.