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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.

11. MapReduce

Average Salary: $132,104

Salary Increase: -2.6%

MapReduce is a programming paradigm that enables massive scalability across hundreds or thousands of servers in a Hadoop cluster. As the processing component, MapReduce is the heart of Apache Hadoop.

The average salary for a technologist who owns a MapReduce skillset in the U.S. was $132,104 in 2021, which is actually down 2.6 percent year over year.

Initially used by Google for analyzing its massive search results, MapReduce gained popularity due to its ability to split and process terabytes of data in parallel, achieving quicker results. It aggregates all the data from multiple servers to return a consolidated output back to the application.

MapReduce programming offers benefits to customers to gain insights from big data including flexibility, scalability and speed.

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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