Puppet's latest DevOps Salary Report

Is there a correlation between DevOps support from management and higher salaries?

Gabriela Motroc
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One cannot ignore the fact that the IT jobs landscape is changing and this DevOps Salary Report focuses on just that. As Alanna Brown, Puppet’s director of product marketing said, “this year’s report underscores that as more organizations prioritize DevOps, they are putting more resources into finding the best talent that can support their IT strategies and objectives, especially as more complex technology infrastructures require diverse skill sets.” Let’s see what else is new.

It’s that time of the year again! Puppet’s fifth DevOps Salary Report examines a myriad of factors impacting salary levels, including region, role, demographics, industry, and size of organization.

With each DevOps Salary Report, we learn more about the current DevOps ecosystem, where it’s headed and how DevOps practices impact organizations around the world.

Those in a manager role make more when senior leadership consistently supports DevOps initiatives

First, let’s have a look at what happens when senior leadership supports DevOps and if this influences salaries in any way. According to the results of the latest report, “even though the use of continuous delivery or presence of a strong DevOps culture does not appear to broadly or significantly impact income levels, leadership support for DevOps clearly does.” Furthermore, it should be noted that DevOps does create benefits for organizations and “those in a manager role make more when senior leadership consistently supports DevOps initiatives.”

The report also suggests that there are more individuals with incomes above $100,000 when leadership supports DevOps. For example, at organizations with a strong DevOps support, 43 percent of the respondents claim report incomes over $100,000 versus 37 percent where initiatives are supported sometimes, rarely, or never.

If you’re interested in the difference between the salaries of managers and practitioners, you should know that manager salaries seem to benefit more from DevOps support. Over 50 percent of managers make over $100,000 when working with strong senior leadership support compared to just 43 percent when that support is not consistently in place. For practitioners, the situation is not as good; when DevOps is supported, 35 percent of practitioners make more than $100,000 and when it’s not, 33 percent are above that threshold.

Higher salaries

The gap might be narrowing but U.S.-based practitioners and managers are still paid better than their counterparts around the world.

For the third year in a row, respondents from the U.S. reported the highest percentage of salaries over $100,000 at 64 percent. No other region was above 30 percent and Europe lagged considerably with just over 14 percent of those surveyed reporting an income over $100,000.

Therefore, it’s safe to say that in the U.S., the tech sector pays a bit better than in Europe, for example.

The report also reveals that companies that have more revenue also have more high-paying positions than those with more modest earnings. Among the respondents who work for companies with over $2 billion in annual revenue, more than 60 percent make more than $100,000. Meanwhile, only 29 percent earn more than $100,000 when they work for companies with less than $50 million in annual revenue.

Shocking? Not really.

SEE ALSO: DevOps is flourishing: New survey reports median salary of $90,000

Gender pay gaps

This report marks a very important milestone! According to the results, this is the highest percentage of women who have taken the State of DevOps survey to date: 17 percent. As far as salaries are concerned, globally, 46 percent of women make less than $50,000 while only 24 percent of men are below this figure.

Although people belonging to minority groups still receive lower salaries in slightly higher percentages and higher salaries in lower percentages, the situation is better than it was in 2017, when 30 percent of those self-identifying as part of a group that’s underrepresented in tech made less than $50,000.

The progress doesn’t stop here; in 2017, only 11 percent of underrepresented people made over $125,000. In 2018, 22 percent of people in a minority group make over $125,000 and 37 percent earn more than $100,000.

To see the full DevOps Salary Report and find out how your own salary compares to others in your region and field, download the report here.

Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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