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Starting salaries in the accounting and finance, information technology(IT), and administrative fields are expected to remain relatively flator see modest declines next year, but some positions will buck thistrend, according to the 2010 Salary Guides from Robert HalfInternational.

Starting salaries in the accounting and finance, information technology (IT), and administrative fields are expected to remain relatively flat or see modest declines next year, but some positions will buck this trend, according to the 2010 Salary Guides from Robert Half International.

In accounting and finance, starting salaries for accounting and finance positions are expected to increase by an average of 0.5 per cent in 2010. Positions with the best prospects include:

Tax accountant: Tax accountants with one to three years of experience at large companies (more than $250 million in sales) are expected to see an average national starting salary in the range of $46,500 to $61,500 US.

Compliance director: The starting salary range for a compliance director at a small company (up to $25 million in sales) is forecast to be $83,750 to $108,500.

Credit manager/supervisor: Credit and collections specialists who can evaluate credit risk, manage delinquent payments and help improve cash flow are in demand. Base compensation for credit managers/supervisors working in small companies is projected to range between $42,500 to $57,500.

Senior financial analyst: A senior financial analyst at a midsize company ($25 million to $250 million in sales) is anticipated to earn $57,750 to $74,000 in starting salary in 2010.

National starting salaries for IT roles are forecast to decrease by an average of 1.3 per cent in 2010. But, some of the positions with the best prospects include:

Network administrator: Network administrators can expect to see starting salaries in the range of $54,500 to $80,250 in the coming year.

Information systems security manager: The salary range for an information systems security manager is expected to be $96,500 to $130,750.

System engineer: Base compensation for these professionals is projected to range from $64,250 to $93,250.

Starting salaries for administra­tive professionals are projected to decrease by an average of 2.2 per cent in 2010. But, positions with the best prospects include:

Medical records clerk: As more hospitals and healthcare organizations transition from paper to electronic medical records, facilities will seek medical records clerks who can help supervise the scanning and processing of patient data. These individuals can expect to earn a starting salary of $23,750 to $31,500 in 2010.

Executive assistant: Companies with leaner teams are looking for employees to take on a wider range of duties. These individuals are likely to see starting salaries in the range of $35,000 to $47,000.

 
 
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