Maybe it’s a good time to learn COBOL

Two interesting factoids from ADTmag’s 2005 Salary Survey:

[Application Programmers] Programmers in mainframe and Unix shops make the most, topping $59,000 a year in base salary. By development language environment, programmers in CICS and COBOL shops fare best, drawing average salaries of almost $62,000 for CICS-based development and $59,000 for COBOL.

[System Programmers] Mainframe skills continue to be a strong suit for systems programmers, who earn an average of $71,100, outpacing their Unix counterparts by about $2,000. By development language environment, systems programmers in CICS and COBOL shops fare best, drawing average salaries of $72,100 and $70,200, respectively.

$59K to $70K per year for being a COBOL programmer? Whoa.

Oddly, it ties into my COBOL note from almost exactly a year ago.

COBOL

From Tim Bray tonight comes this amazing fact:

There are five billion new lines of COBOL getting created every year, and there are (wait for it) 220 billion lines of COBOL in production. (Holy cow, now that I think about it, I bet I wrote ten or twenty thousand of them).