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Salary survey: Storage pros’ pay still on the rise

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In a complex market, experience counts

College graduates earned more than high school graduates, but only by a sliver. However, years of dedicated data storage experience definitely make a difference -- no matter what the level of education. A college graduate with less than two years of dedicated storage experience averaged $78,064. With six years to 10 years of dedicated storage experience, salaries rose to $88,303.

A warning to newbies: In tough economic times, many companies weed out applicants without diplomas.

Another way to increase salaries was to have one, two or three certifications, with each one boosting earning potential, according to our survey. After three, however, the math stopped working and paychecks leveled off.

AVERAGE 2011 SALARY AS IT RELATES TO YEARS IN IT

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BIG PICTURE: 

Years on the job count, but the real payoff is in years of dedicated storage experience.

DRILL DOWN: 

College graduates earn about the same as IT pros who attended college for two years. The highest paid group of survey respondents held Master’s degrees and had more than 10 years of dedicated storage experience.

QUOTABLE: 

“I’m always learning something new. It’s challenging.”

This was first published in November 2011

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