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9 Tech Skills That Will Boost Your Salary in 2016

Topics: Data & Research

If you’re a developer, or in the computer science field in general, you probably already know that your skill set is highly sought after, and valued in terms of compensation. The tech field is growing bigger every year, and accordingly the salaries tend to be bigger too, depending on whether you have the right skill set or not. In a recent PayScale study we wanted to find out, what are the tech skills that will increase your salary the most right now? And how much of a pay boost will those tech skills actually give you? Here’s what we discovered.

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Learning Scala Will Give You the Biggest Pay Boost

If you decide to brush up on Scala language, it could earn you a 22 percent pay boost. If you’re curious about why Scala is in such high demand, simply take a look at the companies using it in their own products and services. Companies using Scala include Twitter, Netflix, AirBnB, Sony, and many more.

iOS Developers Get a Bigger Salary Boost Than Android Developers

At least, this is the case when it comes to knowing iOS SDK vs. Android SDK. Our data shows that developers who know iOS SDK get a higher pay boost than developers who know Android SDK. iOS SDK will give you a 11.4 percent pay boost, but it requires that you have a good understanding of Objective-C. Alternatively, Android SDK developers will get a 9.3 percent pay boost, but will need a solid understanding of Java.

Being in the Tech Industry Pays Really Well

If you can’t tell already, working in the tech industry is a good thing, from a salary perspective. In another recent study at PayScale, we evaluated 18 tech companies over nine different data points including median pay, job satisfaction, job meaning, and job stress. What we found is that at every tech company we looked at, employees earned a mid-career salary of over $100,000, which shows us that it clearly pays off to work in the tech industry.

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