Salary Survey

devICT Salary Survey

In May 2018, a group of volunteers started collecting and analyzing salary data for technical employees in the Wichita, Kansas Metropolitan Area. The main purpose was to better understand the economy around the skilled, technical workforce.

Within the community, there are often talks about where a salary should be, and how individuals could better negotiate their pay. This was an attempt at an analytical look into answers that have so far been hearsay.

Methods

Data was collected through three main sources. Individuals anonymously provided data about their compensation, six employers provided anonymous salary data of their payroll, and City and County public records were collected.

Names and specificities were cleansed from the data, and identifying information was removed. Samples with fewer than 4 data points were removed for statistical relevance.

Analysis

Economist Anthony Bieker provided analysis of the data collected. Kenton Hansen provided data cleaning, charts, and developed the code for this report.

Through the process, three questions emerged.

  1. How are people in Wichita paid?
  2. How do Employee salaries compare to Contractor rates?
  3. How do salaries for remote employees compare to those working in Wichita?

Salary Data for All Job Titles by Experience

All Respondents 2017 2018
25th $53,476.50 $52,000.00
50th $66,197.00 $77,300.00
75th $83,274.25 $96,500.00
90th $102,153.60 $120,000.00
Average $68,637.37 $77,384.44
n 190 84
2017 1-4 years 5-10 years 11+ years
25th $34,020.00 $55,750.00 $80,000.00
50th $42,500.00 $72,000.00 $93,166.50
75th $60,000.00 $84,567.25 $109,860.50
90th $75,800.00 $97,400.00 $135,000.00
Average $49,442.35 $72,244.27 $93,841.69
n 17 30 26
2018 1-4 years 5-10 years 11+ years
25th $39,760.00 $60,445.00 $80,000.00
50th $50,000.00 $77,000.00 $95,000.00
75th $60,000.00 $95,000.00 $110,000.00
90th $69,328.00 $103,600.00 $135,000.00
Average $50,417.37 $77,424.91 $94,342.64
n 19 32 25

How do salaries compare between Employee and Contractor?

Hidden Costs in Contracting

For several reasons, Contractors, paid on a 1099, are typically paid more per hour than an Employee. Contractors are responsible for paying their own FICA and Income Taxes. Contractors have the added responsbility of bookkeeping and sales for which an employee could reasonably expect to rely on someone else.

The difference is typically 25% to 30%.

2017 2017 W-2 2017 1099
25th $53,155.25 $66,250.00
50th $65,437.00 $85,000.00
75th $81,715.00 $116,250.00
90th $101,103.60 $135,000.00
Average $67,952.78 $91,166.67
n 180 12
2018 2018 W-2 2018 1099
25th $50,500.00 $72,500.00
50th $74,000.00 $95,000.00
75th $95,000.00 $104,500.00
90th $116,935.20 $133,000.00
Average $74,879.75 $88,866.67
n 67 15
2018 1099 Salary Δ Percent Δ
25th + $22,000.00 143.56%
50th + $21,000.00 128.38%
75th + $9,500.00 110.00%
90th + $16,064.80 113.74%
Average + $13,986.92 118.68%

How do salaries compare between Wichita and Remote?

Wichita 2017 2018
25th $52,244.00 $43,576.00
50th $63,350.00 $65,000.00
75th $80,000.00 $82,871.00
90th $100,000.00 $98,400.00
Average $66,006.86 $66,038.08
n 161 49
Remote 2017 2018
25th $80,000.00 $80,000.00
50th $93,166.50 $96,000.00
75th $109,860.50 $117,446.00
90th $130,550.00 $129,600.00
Average $95,313.23 $98,669.48
n 26 27
2018 Remote Salary Δ Percent Δ
25th + $36,424.00 183.59%
50th + $31,000.00 147.69%
75th + $34,575.00 141.72%
90th + $31,200.00 131.71%
Average + $32,631.40 149.41%
Local by Years of Experience
2018 1-4 5-10 11+
25th $38,000.00 $56,500.00 $74,000.00
50th $40,000.00 $67,000.00 $82,871.00
75th $50,000.00 $81,730.75 $100,000.00
90th $58,400.00 $93,200.00 $129,000.00
Average $42,994.62 $68,933.25 $85,543.92
Avg Exp 2.43 6.85 18.50
n 13 20 13
Remote by Years of Experience
2018 1-4 5-10 11+
25th $54,000.00 $77,000.00 $90,126.50
50th $80,000.00 $87,932.00 $107,000.00
75th $108,250.00 $95,500.00 $116,169.00
90th $115,500.00 $125,000.00 $124,500.00
Average $82,500.00 $86,266.55 $104,049.25
Avg Exp 2.67 6.45 19.25
n 6 11 8
Δ by Years of Experience
Percentile 1-4 5-10 11+
25th +$16,000.00 +$20,500.00 +$16,126.50
50th +$40,000.00 +$20,932.00 +$24,129.00
75th +$58,250.00 +$13,769.25 +$16,169.00
90th +$57,100.00 +$31,800.00 -$4,500.00
Average +$39,505.38 +$17,333.30 +$18,505.33
Avg Exp +0.24 -0.40 +0.75

All Respondents by year

All Respondents by Percentile

Employee vs. Contractor

Local vs. Remote

Developers by Experience

All Respondents All 2017 All 2018
25th $53,250.00 $52,000.00
50th $68,150.00 $68,455.00
75th $80,272.25 $87,875.50
90th $99,200.00 $99,800.00
Average $68,942.97 $69,764.50
Average years. Exp 10.26 8.468
n 30 32
2017 1-4 years 5-10 years 11+ years
25th $50,000.00 $57,750.00 $78,500.00
50th $60,000.00 $64,400.00 $88,166.50
75th $60,000.00 $78,500.00 $101,000.00
90th $60,000.00 $80,108.90 $117,500.00
Avg $52,857.14 $65,707.88 $92,916.63
Avg years Exp 2.35 7.50 20.25
n 7 8 8
2018 1-4 years 5-10 years 11+ years
25th $41,875.00 $60,315.00 $78,750.00
50th $56,000.00 $65,750.00 $94,251.00
75th $63,852.50 $82,921.50 $101,000.00
90th $91,031.00 $87,400.00 $117,500.00
Avg $57,281.67 $70,238.20 $95,062.75
Avg years Exp 2.29 7.50 20.25
n 12 10 8
Local Developer 2017 2018 Remote Developer 2017 2018
25th $60,000.00 $57,687.50 25th $67,500.00 $67,500.00
50th $66,300.00 $68,455.00 50th $85,000.00 $75,000.00
75th $80,000.00 $87,900.00 75th $106,666.50 $102,251.00
90th $82,348.00 $99,400.00 90th $127,200.00 $120,600.00
Average $65,188.38 $70,060.92 Average $88,333.29 $85,928.86
Average years Exp 10.61 8.60 Average years Exp 10.83 10.83
n 21 24 n 7 7
2018 Difference 2018 % Δ
+ $9,812.50 117.0%
+ $6,545.00 109.6%
+ $14,351.00 116.3%
+ $21,200.00 121.3%
+ $15,867.94 122.6%
Developer W-2 vs 1099 2018 W-2 2018 1099
25th $51,375.00 $75,000.00
50th $61,260.00 $86,800.00
75th $77,170.00 $101,000.00
90th $92,001.60 $113,300.00
Avg $63,249.74 $86,465.00
Avg years Exp 7.63 10.57
n 23 8
W2 vs. 1099 Δ % Δ
+ $23,625.00 146.0%
+ $25,540.00 141.7%
+ $23,830.00 130.9%
+ $21,298.40 123.2%
+ $23,215.26 136.7%
Hidden Costs in Contracting

For several reasons, Contractors, paid on a 1099, are typically paid more per hour than an Employee. Contractors are responsible for paying their own FICA and Income Taxes. Contractors have the added responsbility of bookkeeping and sales for which an employee could reasonably expect to rely on someone else.

The difference is typically 25% to 30%.

Web Developer by Experience

All Respondents All 2017 All 2018
25th $37,000.00 $39,640.00
50th $42,500.00 $42,588.00
75th $53,689.50 $50,000.00
90th $72,347.40 $51,400.00
Average $47,708.67 $45,445.93
Average years. Exp 5.33 5.08
n 15 14
2017 1-4 years 5+ years
25th $34,515.00 $43,250.00
50th $37,000.00 $52,689.50
75th $41,375.00 $74,867.25
90th $47,250.00 $81,500.00
Average $37,753.33 $58,411.00
Average years Exp 2.33 9.00
n 6 10
2018 1-4 years 5+ years
25th $38,510.00 $43,082.00
50th $40,000.00 $47,500.00
75th $45,000.00 $57,761.75
90th $50,800.00 $88,232.90
Average $40,860.00 $56,902.88
Average years Exp 2.29 8.33
n 7 8

Engineer by Experience

All Respondents All 2017 All 2018
25th $66,000.00 $63,750.00
50th $83,269.00 $83,435.50
75th $104,500.00 $101,000.00
90th $134,560.00 $128,800.00
Average $87,918.57 $88,366.79
Average years. Exp 6.43 6.42
n 23 24
2017 1-4 years 5+ years
25th $55,000.00 $74,000.00
50th $60,000.00 $83,269.00
75th $115,900.00 $96,000.00
90th $133,120.00 $120,800.00
Average $82,485.71 $86,160.41
Average years Exp 2.57 8.00
n 7 17
2018 1-4 years 5+ years
25th $54,500.00 $78,500.00
50th $60,000.00 $85,966.00
75th $80,000.00 $98,000.00
90th $122,400.00 $125,500.00
Average $75,285.71 $90,237.69
Average years Exp 2.57 8.00
n 7 16
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