Senior Storage Engineer Salary
Senior Storage Engineers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $103K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Senior Storage Engineer
Senior storage engineers are responsible for overseeing the use, maintenance, and expansion of data storage solutions for their entire company. They lead and coordinate a team of engineers to ensure that the company's data storage solutions are running optimally and that any network problems are fixed as quickly as possible. Senior storage engineers are expected to keep abreast of new developments related to data storage and spearhead implementation of new solutions whenever feasible. They are responsible for establishing and maintaining good working relations with external vendors, and they are expected to negotiate favorable deals for purchases necessary to complete their duties. Senior storage engineers must communicate with other departments in the company to educate them on the proper use of data storage solutions, as well as identify problems faced by that department that could be solved by the implementation of different solutions.Read More...
Applicants for these positions are expected to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field such as computer science. Additionally, they must have at least five years experience in a similar job, including experience in designing, maintaining, running, and expanding data storage solutions. Senior storage engineers must demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills, as well as keen attention to detail. They must have excellent knowledge various programs related to data storage, including (but not limited to) EMC software solutions, SAN fabric architecture, network-attached storage, and VMWare. Applicants must be equally comfortable using Windows, Mac, and Linux/Unix architecture.
Senior Storage Engineer Tasks
- Design, implement, and test database schemas.
- Design, write, test, and debug database stored procedures and complex queries to extract, calculate or manipulate information.
- Work with middle-tier developers to integrate back-end database code with business applications.
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Popular Skills for Senior Storage Engineer
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Storage Systems Engineer, Sun Solaris, System Architecture, and Storage Area Networking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include System Repair, Linux, and Disk Arrays / Mass Storage. Those familiar with Storage Area Networking also tend to know System Architecture.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Storage Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The relatively untested earn a median of $99K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $104K. Senior Storage Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $116K. Senior Storage Engineers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $108K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Senior Storage Engineers, Washington provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Senior Storage Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), St. Louis (+17 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (4 percent lower) and Philadelphia (3 percent lower).
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