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As expected, if you manage a lot of storage, you're paid more. Those who managed more than 500TB pulled in an average of $87,231, while those managing less than 1TB earned on average $62,313 (see Question 3). Similarly, managing many people also leads to higher pay. Those who managed more than 50 people averaged $97,000 compared to $76,607 for those who managed one to five people (see Question 4).

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Question 4

Being certified also pays off, at least enough to cover the cost of earning the certification. Those reporting three certifications and those reporting five or more certifications averaged $81,200, while those with no certifications averaged $78,975. However, many working in the storage industry don't find certification necessary. "Certification is a plus, but it isn't necessary to us at the stage we're in," says Bob

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Collins Jr., chief technology officer at Outcome Sciences Inc., a biotech company based in Cambridge, MA.

"Certifications at this stage in the storage industry aren't as important as experience with specific vendors and types of storage," says Robert Half Technology's Phillips. But they can signal vendor experience and competence. "I plan to get an EMC certification," says the senior systems engineer at the Colorado defense contractor. The engineer already has extensive EMC experience; certification will prove it.

Surprisingly, being part of a dedicated storage group doesn't appear to equate to a larger salary--$78,907 on average compared to $79,012 as part of a systems group (see Question 5). Another surprise: Being part of a multibillion dollar company doesn't necessarily lead to a higher salary. The highest salaries, $83,593 on average, went to those working at mid-sized companies with $501 million to $1 billion in revenue. Those working at the largest companies, with more than $10 billion in revenue, earned an average of $81,095 (see Question 6).

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This was first published in December 2004

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