IT Salary Tracker: Silicon Valley, pre-IPO

Curious about what start-up and pre-IPO companies in Silicon Valley are paying? Take a look at our final installation in a month long series of charts on salaries and available positions in California's high-tech holy land.

By Zachary Rodgers | Posted Jun 12, 2000
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"Pre-IPO! Incredible stock options!" "Consulting engineer wanted--new start up!" "IPO fever!!" The language is familiar to any IT pro who has logged time on Internet job boards. And nowhere is the start-up frenzy more unrestrained than in Silicon Valley, bastion of aspiring high-tech firms and dot-coms. Dice.com, Datamation's sister site and an online job board for IT professionals, contained 147 listings which used the words "IPO" or "start-up" in their job description in April 2000. That's a whole lot of potential untold riches, or according to the bears among us, a gaggle of empty promises.

Managers and project leaders were offered higher salaries than other job types, at an average of $116,000 per year. The top-of-the-heap salaries were $150,000, with the top 12 salaries all coming in over $125,000. Software engineers were the most wanted IT pros, commanding 29% of all start-up jobs in Silicon Valley.

Results are based on averages or totals from the following information at dice.com: job titles, job skills, and locations. Benefits are not included in compensation listings.

Highest salary by job type (average):
Manager/Project leader, $116,000 yearly salary

Top salary:
Manager/Project leader, $150,000 yearly salary

Highest demand by job type:
Software engineers, 29%

Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker
Start-up jobs in Silicon Valley: salary by job type

Source: Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker/April 2000

Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker
Start-up jobs in Silicon Valley: top five salaries

Source: Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker/April 2000

Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker
Start-up jobs in Silicon Valley: distribution of jobs by job type

Source: Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker/April 2000

Chart data compiled by Laurie Souza.

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