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Salary survey: Storage pros’ pay still on the rise

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How many terabytes are in your paycheck?

In 2011, storage pros managing the largest data stores -- more than 500 TB -- commanded the highest annual average salary at $110,085.

Otherwise, the results weren’t conclusive enough to say that paychecks grew right alongside the amount of data managed.

There was also a steady rise in compensation as it related to the number of direct reports. Storage pros managing small teams with fewer than five people earned $81,608, and the average salary climbed steadily to $122,667 for those managing between 21 and 50 IT team members.

AVERAGE 2011 SALARY BASED ON TERABYTES MANAGED

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BIG PICTURE: 

Storage pros managing the largest teams and the most terabytes earned the highest salaries.

DRILL DOWN: 

Just as with terabytes, bigger budgets add up to higher pay. Managers with budgets less than $500,000 earned average annual salaries of $77,140. Those managing budgets between $1.1 million and $5 million earned $100,740.

QUOTABLE: 

“My ideal job would be . . . mine -- but with more skilled staff around me.”

This was first published in November 2011

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