Software Development Salary

Software Development has published their annual salary survey. Essentially, slow growth. The most interesting graphic to me is the one that shows trends to the question “If you’re seeking a new job, what is the reason?” which shows a marked shift from passionate reasons (join a startup, new challenges) to defensive ones (job stability, etc.). The acute pain of the dot-com hangover may be over, but now we’ve entered the “I’ll never drink again,” stage.

A word of caution: salaries vary so widely over the country that the overall median numbers are close to worthless. The charts and tables for the various regions are much better. Say… wouldn’t it be cool if SD provided a Web Service that allowed you to retrieve relevant data by zip- or area-code? Would you pay $5 via Paypal for that?