Thanks to an overall explosion of data, pay for storage professionals is outpacing the average IT ranks.In the past, before the certifiable explosion of the amount of data thats now being created, storage administrators were often considered only a cut above a shunned stepchild in the data center pecking order. At large enterprise IT shops, the most experienced or the most talented members of the team are usually charged with keeping the companys main systems and applications up and running, while the less-experienced/talented technicians were given so-called "tier 2"-type assignments, such as storage, backup and data recovery. They were also the ones who made sure the Iron Mountain truck made its regular pickup of data tapes on time.
Not so anymore. The increasing strategic importance of the services storage professionals render is finally beginning to be reflected in salary ranges, which have moved steadily upward in the last several years.
- Certified Brocade storage networking: $98,000-$112,000
- Certified EMC storage professional: $72,000-$93,000
- Certified IBM Total Storage professional: $85,000
- Certified HP storage professional: $91,000
- Certified Veritas storage professional: $81,000
- Certified Symantec storage professional: $80,000
- Certified SNIA (Storage Networking Industry of America) storage professional: $93,500