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.

$58,433 - $127,273
$58K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,833
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$29.93 - $41.35
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$58,433 - $127,273  
   
Bonus
$1,441 - $17,855  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,511  
Total Pay (?
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$60,416 - $135,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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Hourly Rate
$39.16  
   
Overtime
$63.87  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,441 - $17,855  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,511  
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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$60,416 - $135,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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 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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Key Stats for Data Center Manager

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
044
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Data Center Manager Salaries



National Average
$96,000


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Skills That Affect Data Center Manager Salaries


Facility Maintenance & Coordination
0%

National Average
$96,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
vision benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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