Washington D.C. IT Salary Trends for 2023

The Tech Salary Guide for Arlington and beyond is here to help set up tech workers and hiring managers for success in 2023. Use the salary data for over 120 tech positions with the trends and insights coming from our team of tech experts to help guide your decision-making in 2023.




Washington D.C. IT Salaries and Tech Market Insights for 2023



One of the strongest sectors in Washington D.C., the tech industry continues to make tremendous strides and growth in 2022 despite the uncertainty of the national economy. With unemployment rates below pre-pandemic levels and the increased acceptance of remote work, IT workers have more choices than ever on what and where they want to work. Motion's 2023 Washington D.C. Tech Salary Guide pours through the data to give tech leaders and technologists in-depth insights into the most pressing topics inside the tech industry, including:

  • How the Recent Inflation and Recession Fears Have Impacted Tech Hiring
  • How to Secure Career Growth in Uncertain Times
  • Emerging Tech Industries that are Increasing Hiring
  • Advice from Experts on How to Succeed in 2023

In addition to market insider information that 30 years of experience deep inside the tech recruiting world brings, our 2023 Washington D.C. Tech Salary Guide includes in-depth compensation averages for hundreds of IT job titles. As always, our goal is to provide you with the data and insights you need to make the right decisions in the tech job market and have the proper expectations when hiring top IT talent.



Tech Market Experts

What tech hiring or job seeking trends
do you expect to see in 2023?


"For junior-level workers in the tech community, 2023 will be the year of contracting. With some companies looking to reduce costs, contracting will become a way for those getting their start in IT to get their foot in the door and establish experience. Those that thrive in that environment will then have their options open to be full-time or to continue on as a contractor in new positions."

Kelsey Prisby

Vice President


In 2023, a primary focus for companies in DC’s marketplace will be finding efficient ways to incorporate hybrid-work environments without impacting their team’s overall productivity and the relative time it takes to make a hire, regardless of the seniority or skillset they’re identifying. Remote work has allowed for many of these companies, regardless of their size, to expand candidate searches nationally but – especially for companies in or connected to the federal space – identifying candidates who are still able to work physically onsite still takes premium, given the need and ability for future team building.

Greg Olsen

Executive Director


"In 2023, job seekers will be forced to improve their business IQ to find the right role to grow their career. While it's still a great time to be in tech, venture capitalists are starting to be more discerning with their money, so when deciding on a job, candidates will have to go beyond a big salary and look at a business's fundamentals to see if there are any red flags."

Phill Perkins

Vice President