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Data Center Manager Salary

Just under two-thirds of Data Center Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $54K to $138K per year, but median earnings come to around $88K per year. Incomes of Data Center Managers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $20K cause paychecks to spread between $54K on the low end and $138K on the high end. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. Male Data Center Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,437 - $130,420
(Median)
$55K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,111
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50%
90%

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$19.21 - $42.80
(Median)
$19
$24
$43
MEDIAN: $23.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,437 - $130,420  
   
Bonus
$881 - $20,110  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $20,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$54,026 - $138,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.21 - $42.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$881 - $20,110  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $20,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$54,026 - $138,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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Job Description for Data Center Manager

  • Troubleshoot environmental issues and emergent problems and create plans for disruptions.
  • Configure, manage, and analyze automated metric tracking and alerts.
  • Maintain a secure physical facility, both for safety of systems and for power configuration.
  • Supervise the maintenance, installation, and updates of physical and software systems in data center.
  • Research and present new technologies for increasing efficiency and decreasing costs.

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Survey takers who work as Data Center Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Facility Maintenance & Coordination, Project Management, and Operations Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Project Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Center Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Data Center Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $67K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $78K. Data Center Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $98K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $108K.

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Experience Affects Data Center Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$89,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Skills That Affect Data Center Manager Salaries

Facility Maintenance & Coordination
up arrow 11%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$89,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%