Data Center Manager Salary
Data Center Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $60K to $136K per year, median earnings come to $93K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $18K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Data Center Managers can bottom out near $60K or peak near $136K depending on individual performance. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a large number have vision insurance, as well. Most Data Center Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$58,433 - $127,273|
|Bonus||$1,441 - $17,855|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $14,511|
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|$60,416 - $135,678|
|Bonus||$1,441 - $17,855|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $14,511|
|Total Pay (||$60,416 - $135,678|
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.Read More...
A data center manager's job involves a great deal of analytics, as they typically study system-generated reports on the efficiency of the company's database and storage. This can be data stored within a server architecture or off-premises in a hosted cloud environment, and the manager ensures that access remains fast and seamless both inside the corporate environment and for customers who need to access things like order histories and profiles. They are also typically responsible for any hardware repairs or upgrades to ensure maximum efficiency and data up-time.
Data center managers also help to establish parameters for data usage and ensure that existing rules are followed. This may include creating tiers of access levels within a company based on data sensitivity and job function, and creating parameters for proper data entry and storage of customer data is also part of the job. They may work with an IT security officer or supervise IT security to ensure that precautions and redundant systems are in place in case of malicious attacks or power surges/outages within the data center itself. Finally, data center managers may be required to help program database tables and update or customize database software specific to a company's needs, which typically requires knowledge of one or more relevant programming languages.
Candidates for this position should have a strong educational background in information technology (IT) and computer science or engineering. Companies typically prefer those who have at least an undergraduate degree and extensive practical experience working within data center teams in technical jobs. Most data center managers work regular business hours in a computer environment, but this job also frequently requires them to be available by phone, and some irregular hours for installs and upgrades may occasionally be necessary.
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 results show that 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. Most people experienced in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $77K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $90K. Data Center Managers bring in $100K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $107K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.
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