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Data Center Salaries Stagnate

The IT industry may be emerging from a difficult spell, but data center managers salaries are yet to reflect this upswing, according to Enterprise Systems’ 2004 salary survey.

The study found that a typical data center manager is likely to receive a base salary of around $79,300 this year, a figure only 2 percent more than in 2002.

It is not surprising, then, that morale within many data centers is so low: There is a feeling that many boards are yet to loosen their purse-strings, despite the improved economic climate (see Survey: Data Center Staff in the Dumps).

Enterprise Systems’ study reinforces the findings of a recent Next-gen Data Center Forum poll, which revealed that half of data center managers feel they're underpaid (see Data Center Staff: Show Us the Money).

But it’s not all bad news. Data-center managers can look forward to an average annual bonus of $7,200 this year, which is 9 percent of their typical base salary. Of course, this pales into insignificance compared to the $25,400 average bonus that many CIOs are looking forward to.

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