Storage Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Storage Engineers earn an average of $84K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Storage Engineers spread between $57K and $120K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,395 - $115,951
(Median)
$59K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,230
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50%
90%

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$19.09 - $62.04
(Median)
$19
$41
$62
MEDIAN: $40
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,395 - $115,951  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
Profit Sharing
$582 - $7,728  
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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$57,365 - $120,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.09 - $62.04  
   
Overtime
$23.97 - $66.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$582 - $7,728  
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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$57,365 - $120,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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Job Description for Storage Engineer

The storage engineer's job may involve designing two different types of storage. A storage engineer may design physical storage space. This is very important, as a business cannot be cluttered or over-packed with too many items, as otherwise it will become disorganized. The job title also refers to designing storage space on a company's computer systems. This worker organizes the information and keeps the computers running quickly.

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Storage Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate input and output for systems, as well as overall architecture, to recommend improvements.
  • Design disaster recovery plans and enforce backup and archival procedures.
  • Design and implement solutions for data storage and maintenance.
  • Upgrade software, apply patches, and ensure physical security of data.

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Popular Skills for Storage Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Windows 2003 Server, Disk Arrays / Mass Storage, Storage Systems Engineer, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Most people skilled in Storage Area Networking are similarly competent in Storage Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Storage Engineer

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $76K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $89K. Storage Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $98K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $90K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Storage Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Storage Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Houston (+4 percent), Washington (+4 percent), and Chicago (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Storage Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 4%


National Average
$87,000


Skills That Affect Storage Engineer Salaries

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 7%

Disk Arrays / Mass Storage
up arrow 7%

Storage Systems Engineer
up arrow 4%

VMware ESX
up arrow 4%

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$87,000

Storage Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%