Re: Problems with TW Salary Surveys

Subject: Re: Problems with TW Salary Surveys
From: DURL <durl -at- BUFFNET -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 10:18:43 -0400

The STC Consulting & Independent Contracting SIG just published
the results of a survey of their members. It's one of the most intelligent
representations and discussion of data that I've ever seen. With 427
respondents (a 24% return rate).
It runs 13 pages, and came in "Independent Perspective," the SIG's
Re: rates: the mean hourly rate for women is $47; for men $51.50;
all: $48.50.

The top four industries where we work, in order:
computer hardware

There's a ton of other data, much of it begging for further study
(as the authors note--it's really well-done): gender stuff, fields of
study stuff, age, zip code hourly rates, degrees (technical & otherwise).


Mary Durlak Erie Documentation Inc.
East Aurora, New York (near Buffalo)
durl -at- buffnet -dot- net

On Wed, 13 May 1998, Marilyn Baldwin (mlbb -at- capgroup -dot- com) wrote:

> In addition to the problem Dick Gaskill pointed out, there's the fact that
> the survey was only for full-time employees. Although that's my category,
> many tech writers are consultants/contractors. So it would be extremely
> useful to have some sort of geographic + experience breakdown of typical
> hourly fees for contractors. I'd also be interested in knowing if these
> salary averages hold steady across differing industries/fields (e.g.,
> aerospace, insurance, software development, manufacturing, medical) (oops!
> I used "e.g."), or if they vary? I'm not criticizing the current (1997)
> survey, just suggesting that these additional elements be considered for
> the 1998 one.
> - Marilyn Baldwin (mlbb -at- capgroup -dot- com)

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