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Salaries rise as storage grows
This article is part of the Storage issue of Vol. 8 Num. 8 November/December 2009
Storage professionals in many industries managed to see pay increases last year even as company closings and layoffs sent some looking for new jobs. As data grows, so does the need for dedicated storage professionals, according to our annual Salary Survey. By Ellen O'Brien and Rachel Kossman The average annual salary for storage professionals jumped approximately 3.5% in 2009 and respondents expect it to grow another 3.8% in 2010, according to our annual Storage magazine Salary Survey. In a year of layoffs and losses, recessions and rebounds, our annual survey found that storage professionals across many vertical industries and geographic regions managed to secure pay increases. The average annual salary reported this year by our 363 respondents was $85,869 vs. the $82,915 they said they earned in 2008. For 2010, these same respondents predict they'll earn an average annual salary of $89,065. Many of those surveyed reported accepting new jobs in 2009 that didn't include a raise, and placing greater value on job security and ...
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