AWS Cloud Skills Pay off, Tech Salary report Says Cloud skills are paying dividends in today’s tech sector, a new report by careers site Dice states. Amazon-related skills are among the most lucrative. AWS services are found all over the top-paying skills lists, even taking two of five top salary slots. Placing No. No. 3 is Amazon DynamoDB. Next is Amazon Redshift which provides more than $125,000 per annum in average salary. These are the top five entries to that list:
Overall, Dice’s annual salary study for tech professionals shows low unemployment and stagnant wages. However, other factors than salary can affect job choices for developers and other professionals who are willing to move on. The tech careers specialist Dice has published a section titled “It’s not only about money” in the 2019 Dice Salary Report. This highlights this point. According to the report, “70% of tech professionals would accept the same job at a different company for a mere 15 percent salary rise.” Offering programs that increase job satisfaction could be as important as offering hard cash to retain and attract talent. However, salaries are still the main focus of this survey. They are more important than training and work-life balance for tech pros who seem to have a strong developer presence. Dice stated that wages have remained stagnant despite the low unemployment rate. “The average annual salary in 2018 was $93,244, which is flat.” Dice stated this in a post last Wednesday (Jan. 29). Dice’s survey found that 68 percent of respondents would change their employers to get better compensation. Some 47 percent of respondents said they would switch jobs to improve their working conditions. 34 percent said they would do so for more responsibility. Another 22 percent believed they might lose the job they currently hold. Even if companies are unable (or unwilling) to fund tech pros with radically higher salaries, they can still offer attractive non-salary options like training and education, remote-working and flexible schedules. Employers cited “increased pay” as their primary motivation in 2018, 17 percent of respondents. Next came “flexible work location/work remotely” (15 percent) and “flexible hours” (10 percent). The top-paying skills for those who are concerned about money were: [Click the image to see a larger view] Top-Paying Skills (source : Dice). In addition to Redshift and DynamoDB, there are other AWS-related skills that make up the top-paying tech list.
- No. No. 12 — Amazon Redis: $122,592
- No. 20 — Amazon Route 53: $120.091
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- No. No. 70 — Amazon S3/AWS (Simple Cloud Storage Service), $112,354
Various other cloud skills not specifically related to AWS also made the list, of course, such Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and many others. Although salaries remain the main factor in choosing a job (68%) other factors that motivate are “better working conditions” (47%), “more responsibility” (34%), “anticipate losing current positions” (22%), “shorter commutes” (18%) and “relocation” (13%). The report also examines the differences between the benefits tech pros value and what they lack. Dice advised organizations that education and training are a great way to attract top-level tech talent. [Click on the image to see a larger version.] Top-Paying Skills (source Dice) “In 2018, 71% of the top-paying skills were