New demands, higher salaries for storage pros


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Today Greene manages approximately 200TB of storage in two Los Angeles locations and a disaster recovery site in New Jersey. Our 2007 Salary Survey shows that salaries increase as the number of terabytes managed rises; for professionals managing less than 1TB, salaries average $50,667. Between 10TB and 99TB, salaries jump to $81,942. And the average salary for managing between 100TB and 500TB is $96,704. At the top of the terabyte range, IT professionals managing more than 500TB receive an average annual salary of $101,514 (see "Average salary by storage capacity managed," above).

Greene isn't in a group dedicated specifically to storage--like, for example, his Paramount colleagues who work in the SAP group. Overall, the number of firms in our survey with dedicated storage teams grew vs. last year, and larger firms with higher revenues were more likely to have dedicated storage teams.

Firms with more than $10 billion in revenue were those most likely to have dedicated storage groups. In 2006, 61% of super-sized firms in that sphere had dedicated storage teams; in 2007, 71% have them. In contrast, only 23% of 2007 respondent firms with less than $50 million in revenue have a dedicated storage group (see "Percent of companies with dedicated storage groups by company revenue," below).


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This was first published in November 2007

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