Fancy winning over $100,000/year ?

Systems engineers, DevOps engineers and IT architects score big in DevOps Salary Report

Gabriela Motroc
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It’s that time of the year again! According to Puppet’s newest DevOps Salary Report, “DevOps engineers, architects, software developers and engineers, and systems developers and engineers in the United States are more likely than not to make more than $100,000.” Let’s see what else is new.

The tech industry continues to be a good financial choice, according to Puppet’s 2016 DevOps Salary Report. More than 4,600 people revealed their salaries and helped choose this year’s winning job titles. If you are a systems developer or engineer, software developer or engineer, system administrator, DevOps practitioner or architect and you are living in the United States, you know you are at the top of the IT chain winning over $100,000/year.

Sixty percent of systems developers and engineers, 64 percent of DevOps engineers, and 61 percent of software developers and engineers reported a salary of more than $100,000. Among architects, 88 percent reported salaries of more than $100,000, and 25 percent make more than $150,000.

California had over 200 practitioner respondents —most of them systems developers or engineers. In this state, 75 percent of respondents currently earn $100,000 or more, up from 68 percent last year. Plus, 23 percent are making more than $150,000, which means that the gap between those earning $150,000+ and professionals making $100,000 or less (26 percent) is nearly equal. In most states, the gap between these two groups was much larger.

The average salaries increased in Australia, Canada and Western Europe, especially at the highest band of $150,000 or more. Respondents in Eastern Europe, Asia and the Latin America/Caribbean region still skew strongly toward the lowest salary bands.

The gap between practitioners and managers

This year Puppet allowed respondents to define their roles. By allowing them to do that, there are now very different divisions between managers and practitioners. For example, Canada reported the most self-defined practitioners earning between $75,000 and $100,000, followed by Australia and New Zealand, the United States and Western Europe.

In the U.S., the percentage of managers earning $150,000+ went from 26 percent last year to 43 percent this year. Nothing seems to have changed in Western Europe, where the most common salaries reported among practitioners were in the $50,000-$74,999 range; managers in Western Europe earn between $75,000 and $99,999. In Asia, the most common salary range reported by practitioners remains the same, namely $25,000. Managers, however, earn more than they did last year, placing themselves in the $35,000-$49,999 range.

While managers in the rest of the world usually make at least one salary step more than practitioners, in the U.S. they make at least two salary steps more.

Technology remained the most common industry chosen by respondents in all geographic regions.

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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