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    Top IT Jobs Return Excellent Salaries

    Receiving a huge payday might not be priority No. 1 for most IT workers, according to a recent TechTarget study, but tech professionals are likely doing well for themselves nonetheless. Research by Robert Half Technology revealed that the top IT jobs are expected to return huge paydays in 2013.

    "Salaries are rising for candidates who can help organizations leverage new technologies to increase efficiencies, gain business insights and produce superior customer experiences," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group.

    The TechTarget survey found that for 32 percent of IT professionals, finding a position that is intellectually challenging is most important. By comparison, 11 percent of respondents said they would stay at a job because of salary satisfaction.

    But the two factors may not be mutually exclusive. According to the Robert Half Technology study, the average salary for the six highest-paid IT jobs is expected to range from $52,250 to $160,000 in 2013.

    Business intelligence analysts are expected to see a 7.3 percent increase in annual income, with starting salaries ranging between $94,250 and $132,500. Network architects, meanwhile, saw a 7 percent salary increase and will receive average incomes of more than $100,000.