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Salary survey: Storage pros’ pay still on the rise

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Pacific region wins by a nose

Respondents from the Pacific region (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington) averaged salaries of $95,526, pushing them to first place after the region ranked fourth in last year’s survey. New England, and the Northwest and Southwest regions were bunched closely, finishing second, third and fourth, respectively.

The Southeast region brought up the rear (as it did last year) with an average annual salary of $79,161. Slightly higher was the Mountain region (repeating last year’s placement) with an average salary of $79,837.

In Canada, data storage professionals reported earning an average annual salary of $85,938, putting them ahead of two U.S. regions.

AVERAGE 2011 SALARY BY REGION

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BIG PICTURE: 

The Pacific region took top honors in the regional salary comparison. Last year’s winner, New England, ranked second.

DRILL DOWN: 

Nearly all our regional divisions ranked closely together in terms of salary; only the Mountain and Southeast regions averaged below $80,000.

QUOTABLE: 

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This was first published in November 2011

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