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The $78,097 salary noted earlier represents an average among all respondents and across all regions. However, salaries vary significantly by region. You're mistaken if you think a storage job in a dedicated storage group at a major New York City financial services company will pay top dollar. At $79,674, financial services salaries trailed utilities, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, transportation/travel and hospitality, and IT services, which all paid $80,000 or more (see Question 2). And while the Mid-Atlantic region is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States, it was in a virtual fourth-place tie (at more than $78,000) with the Midwest among highest paying regions (see Question 1).
Storage professionals in the Pacific and New England regions, other areas with a high cost of living, had the highest salaries, $88,167 and $85,500, respectively, followed by the Southwest at $80,217. At the bottom of the salary list are storage professionals in the Southeast ($69,168) and the Northwest ($64,857) (see Question 1).
In terms of industry salaries, no segment stood out except education, which was the lowest paying with an average salary of $60,444. Even the government/non-profit sector did better, averaging $74,625. Utilities, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, transportation/travel and hospitality, and IT services all paid in the low $80,000 range (see Question 2).
This was first published in December 2004