New demands, higher salaries for storage pros


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Our exclusive 2007 storage salary survey tells you where the highest paying jobs are and what type of storage pros companies are looking to hire.

Those who manage and divvy up storage are in demand, and their salaries are rising to reflect that, according to our 2007 annual Storage magazine Salary Survey. At the same time, some participants this year say stress levels and workloads are soaring as they manage more storage with less money and increased scrutiny from upper management.

The average salary for the 250 respondents who completed our survey this year jumped to $84,226. This is approximately 4% more than last year, and an 8% increase vs. our 2005 survey of IT staff members who dedicate some or all of their time to storage.

As our previous

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salary surveys documented, time in the storage trenches pays off. Those respondents with more than 10 years of experience dedicated specifically to storage receive an average of $95,811. In contrast, those with more than 10 years of general IT experience have an average salary of $89,764.


The good and the bad
We asked Storage readers to tell us what they liked most and least about their jobs. Here's a sampling of some of the most popular responses.
SAN: "Working on the SAN. That's the favorite part of my job."

Dynamic: "There is a lot of new technology and I like the ever-changing environment."

Flexible hours: "Flextime and the ability to work remotely."

Respect: "I love the fact that we have a dedicated storage group to handle storage and backups."

Freedom: "Ability to make critical decisions and the freedom to work with no management hassle."

Co-workers: "Mine are brilliant."

Commute: "It's 15 minutes from my house."

Variety: "Designing, zoning, allocation, troubleshooting--getting to do it all."

Great benefits: "My 401k plan is the best I've ever seen."

Free eats: "Free pizza Fridays."
End-user issues: "People who are clueless with regard to IT."

Overwhelming workload: "Stress levels rose with layoffs."

Opportunities: "There's a lack of room for advancement at my company."

Executive support: "A lack of understanding of technology by executive group."

Politics: "There are business decisions made to serve political needs."

Tape: "Anything to do with tape backup."

Chaos: "A lack of procedural requesting of storage; lack of a [project] prioritization process."

Documentation: "Administrative housekeeping and documentation."

Rapid growth: "We cannot keep up with storage growth."

Outdated gear: "We need new equipment."


This was first published in November 2007

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