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IT Salaries Rebound, Gender Gap Shrinks

Hard-hit IT salaries of 2002 recovered somewhat last year, and the gender gap in IT narrowed for the first time since 2000, a job survey released Tuesday said.

According to the annual salary survey conducted by Dice, an online recruiting service for technology workers, salaries rebounded two percent in 2003 over the previous year to reach the highest average paychecks since 2000.

The average IT salary in 2003 was $69,400, a slight gain over 2002's $67,900.

For the second year in a row, government and defense IT salaries posted the largest gains, up an average of $2,600 (a four percent gain over 2002); salaries in the computer hardware side of IT, which was hit particularly hard by the economic and technology downturn, also increased by about four percent.

Included in the other findings of Dice's survey -- which polled more than 21,000 IT professionals -- is an indication that the gender gap between men and women is shrinking.

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