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Raises jumped an average of 6% over 2007, but workloads and stress also increased, according to our exclusive annual Salary Survey.

salaries and the demand for experienced storage professionals continue to rise even as many shops struggle to do more with fewer staff and tighter budgets, according to our 2008 annual Storage magazine Salary Survey. In a year that will be remembered for Wall Street's implosion, storage managers faced a data explosion, and were forced to manage exponential growth at a time when CEOs wanted every IT infrastructure project to count toward the bottom line.

The average salary for the 759 respondents who completed our survey and spent some or all of their time working on storage climbed to $86,573, a 6% increase vs. the salaries they reported earning in 2007. This has respondents earning an average of 3% more than the 250 storage pros who completed last year's survey. In addition, our 2008 annual Salary Survey respondents predict that their 2009 salaries will jump by 4.5% (to an average of $90,483).

As the number of terabytes managed grows, so do storage salaries. Storage pros managing 10TB to 99TB earn an average of $84,597, while those managing 100TB to 500TB earn an average of $91,735; those managing more than 500TB earn an average of $102,595

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This was first published in November 2008

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