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|Why I love/hate my job|
Storage professionals who participated in our annual Storage magazine salary survey weighed in on the best and worst aspects of their current jobs, from technology to tight budgets and free donuts.
Eight reasons to love my job
Eight reasons to hate my job
Judging by our survey results, Veronneau made the right move. The financial services industry he works in reported average annual salaries of $93,798, which is a figure topped only by the $94,513 reported by respondents in the IT services industry. Ranked third was media and publishing, where annual salaries averaged $90,577. These three vertical industries were also atop the salary chart in the 2008 survey.
Veronneau noted that the cost of living in Toronto compares to some of the priciest U.S. cities. Still, our salary survey shows Canada ranking third to last in annual salaries vs. U.S. regions, with an average of $78,042. Only the Midwest and Southeast regions of the U.S., with average salaries of $77,336 and $76,102, respectively, fared worse.
The Mountain region had the highest annual salaries with an average of $120,300. Last year, the Pacific region recorded the highest average salaries at $96,141; this year, the region ranks fourth with $94,375.
Learning curves and certification clout
From Veronneau's viewpoint, storage is a dynamic, cutting-edge technology, and it can be a challenge to keep current. "What I've seen is that the storage skill sets really vary," he said. He's a fan of vendor-specific certifications.
This was first published in December 2009