When you work in IT, the city you live in can have a major influence on what you earn. Peoplebank's most recent quarterly salary survey suggests that salaries have largely stayed the same, but there are some notable exceptions.
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As you can see in the table below, overall salaries have remained fairly static in senior roles, but specific roles in specific cities can vary more dramatically. In Brisbane, if you're a senior business analyst, the going rate has dropped dramatically, from $125,000 in March to $100,000 today. Conversely, a senior J2EE architect in the same city could command $130,000, up $5,000 from March and up $15,000 from last September.
Here's the full set of data, in interactive form (you can click on table headings to sort or filter), with salaries quoted for June 2012, March 2012 and September 2011:
The overall lesson? The odds of getting a pay rise by switching jobs in the same city seem minimal right now.
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