Data Center Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up around two in three of Data Center Managers. Pay fluctuates from $60K to $137K per year, but expected earnings average $92K annually. 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 $137K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. Work is enjoyable for Data Center Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,242 - $126,895
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$58K
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MEDIAN: $91,974
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,242 - $126,895  
   
Bonus
$1,483 - $17,879  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,511  
Total Pay (?
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$60,405 - $136,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 225
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$32.00  
   
Overtime
$62.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,483 - $17,879  
   
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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$60,405 - $136,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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 only report a few specific 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 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $78K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $88K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $100K. 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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Experience Affects Data Center Manager Salaries



National Average
$95,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Data Center Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Facility Maintenance & Coordination
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National Average
$95,000

Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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