Data Center Manager Salary

The majority of Data Center Managers in the United States — a little under three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $63K to $139K per year, and the median is $95K annually. Total cash compensation to Data Center Managers bottoms out near $63K and approaches $139K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $18K from bonuses and almost $23K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and most get vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$61,918 - $129,384
$62K
$95K
$130K
MEDIAN: $95,378
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50%
90%

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$20.61 - $63.02
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$33
$63
MEDIAN: $33.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,918 - $129,384  
   
Bonus
$990 - $17,952  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $23,000  
Total Pay (?
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$62,709 - $139,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$20.61 - $63.02  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$990 - $17,952  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $23,000  
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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$62,709 - $139,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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Job Description for Data Center Manager

Data centers are a catch-all name for the information technology (IT) area where data is stored for companies engaging in all sorts of work, from large corporations to small, dedicated e-commerce retailers. Data center managers are responsible for ensuring the integrity of this stored data, whether it includes vital company information or sensitive customer information. These managers also ensure that hardware is kept up-to-date and functioning properly, regulations for data storage are followed, and proper procedures for data entry are maintained, and may recommend and implement upgrades to a firm's IT or data infrastructure. They may also be required to perform database programming work to help company personnel access data as efficiently as possible.

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Data Center Manager Tasks

  • 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.
  • Maintain a secure physical facility, both for safety of systems and for power configuration.
  • Troubleshoot environmental issues and emergent problems and create plans for disruptions.
  • Configure, manage, and analyze automated metric tracking and alerts.

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Popular Skills for Data Center Manager


Survey takers who work as Data Center Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Project Management, Facility Maintenance & Coordination, and Operations Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Operations Management. The majority of those who know Operations Management also know Facility Maintenance & Coordination.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Center Manager

Pay by Experience for a Data Center Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Data Center Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 36 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Data Center Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 71 salaries. An experienced Data Center Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 119 salaries. A Data Center Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 54 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,308

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Data Center Managers, 18 percent above the national average. Data Center Managers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+18 percent) and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Data Center Managers in Tampa take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 40 percent less than the national average. Workers in Austin and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (22 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Data Center Manager

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Data Center Manager Salaries

▲14%

▲2%

National Average
$97,000

▼6%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Data Center Manager Salaries

National Average
$97,000


Facility Maintenance & Coordination
▼2%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 92%
vision benefits
Vision: 85%
no benefits
None: 6%
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