Starting salaries for information technology professionals will rise an average of 6.8 percent in 2000, according to a survey by RHI Consulting.

Professionals in Internet-related positions are projected to see an average starting salary increase of 7.2 percent, with e-commerce specialists more in the range of 14.8 percent.

The largest increases will come in consulting and systems-integration positions, with average starting salaries rising by more than 17 percent in some specialties.

Entry-level salaries also are expected to rise, especially for those who have gained practical knowledge through internships or summer positions, according to the research, which RHI said was based on thousands of job searches, negotiations and placements.

"The substantial increase in starting salaries reflects demand for skilled talent, particularly within today's hottest job specialties such as networking, programming and Internet applications development," said Greg Scileppi, executive director of RHI Consulting.

Salaries Rising

A survey and research by RHI Consulting found that average U.S. starting salaries in information technology will continue to increase next year. Results for selected positions:

1999

2000 (projected)

% Change

Chief information officer

$113,500-$180,000

$117,250-$184,000

2.6%

Database manager

$72,000-$90,000

$74,000-$95,750

4.8%

Network architect

$62,250-$90,000

$67,250-$93,000

5.3%

Software engineer

$55,000-$80,000

$57,500-$84,250

5.0%

Webmaster

$51,500-$73,000

$54,750-$74,250

4.4%

E-mail administrator

$43,500-$59,500

$46,250-$63,000

6.1%

Technical writer

$38,000-$52,000

$40,500-$57,750

9.2%

MS BackOffice administrator

$38,000-$52,500

$41,250-$57,250

8.8%

Help desk Tier 1

$27,000-$33,000

$27,750-$34,750

4.2%

SOURCE: RHI Consulting