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Top 12 In-Demand IT Skills With Salaries Over $130K: Dice

Mark Haranas

From Amazon’s RDS and DynamoDB to Elasticsearch and SOA, here are the top 12 IT skills that generate the highest average salaries, according to a new 2022 report by Dice.

12. Apache Kafka

Average Salary: $131,520

Salary Increase: 2.1%

Apache Kafka is an open-source distributed event streaming platform used by thousands of companies for high-performance data pipelines, streaming analytics, data integration, and mission-critical applications.

The average salary in 2021 for an IT professional who was skilled in Apache Kafka was $131,520, an increase of 2.1 percent year over year.

Apache Kafka is a distributed data store optimized for ingesting and processing streaming data in real-time. The open-source software platform was developed by the Apache Software Foundation written in Scala and Java.

Apache Kafka is primarily used to build real-time streaming data pipelines and applications that adapt to the data streams. Apache Kafka combines messaging, storage, and stream processing to allow storage and analysis of both historical and real-time data.

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at

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