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But as workloads increase so does stress, according to our survey, which contributed to complaints of job dissatisfaction. Of those surveyed, approximately 97% report an increase in storage capacity vs. 2007. Almost half watched their storage capacity grow between 11% and 30%, and a little more than 15% reported storage growth greater than 50%.

"It has exploded," says Elijah Golden, team lead for the dedicated storage group at ING Direct, an Internet bank. "It has doubled to more than half a petabyte since I first got here," adds Golden, who arrived at the Wilmington, DE, bank a little more than two years ago.

The Mid-Atlantic region (where Golden works) had the second highest salaries among respondents, with an average of $95,597; the leader was the Pacific region where the average is $96,141 (see "Average 2008 salary by region," below). The Mid-Atlantic region topped the charts when it came to salary increases in 2008 vs. 2007, averaging more than 8%; that's 3% higher than the average raise reported by all survey participants.




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This was first published in November 2008

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