Data Center Manager Salary

With two-thirds of Data Center Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Data Center Managers is $93K annually and can range from $58K on the lower end to $141K per year near the higher end. Cash earnings for Data Center Managers — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $58K to approximately $141K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up the vast majority of Data Center Managers (89 percent) who took the survey. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,370 - $131,366
(Median)
$57K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,539
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50%
90%

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$15.46 - $57.85
(Median)
$15
$32
$58
MEDIAN: $31.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,370 - $131,366  
   
Bonus
$825 - $19,806  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,899  
Total Pay (?
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$57,664 - $141,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 365
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $57.85  
   
Overtime
$40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$825 - $19,806  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,899  
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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$57,664 - $141,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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Job Description for Data Center Manager

Data center managers are responsible for leading teams of employees who assess current data structures and a variety of other data elements. Other responsibilities may include data analysis, systems architecture, and the design of data systems. Management of a data center can also involve IT consultation in addition to management of an IT support staff, and requirements to be a data center manager include a college degree, cabling certifications, prior management experience, and comprehensive knowledge of critical infrastructure in relation to data centers.

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Data Center Manager Tasks

  • 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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Popular Skills for Data Center Manager


Data Center Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Facility Maintenance & Coordination, Project Management, and Operations Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Operations Management. Most people who know Operations Management also know Facility Maintenance & Coordination.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Center Manager

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


For Data Center Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $75K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $85K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $101K. Data Center Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $111K on average.

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Experience Affects Data Center Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%


National Average
$94,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Data Center Manager Salaries

Facility Maintenance & Coordination
up arrow 10%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$94,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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