SOURCE: Puppet Labs

Puppet Labs

November 17, 2015 10:00 ET

Puppet Labs 2015 DevOps Salary Report Reveals That DevOps Skills Command Higher Pay

DevOps Engineers Earn Noticeably Higher Salaries Than Most Other IT Practitioner Job Titles

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Nov 17, 2015) - Puppet Labs, the leading provider of IT automation software, today released the 2015 DevOps Salary Report. Based on data gathered from the widely heralded Puppet Labs 2015 State of DevOps Report, the DevOps Salary Report underscores the increasing recognition that adopting DevOps practices help organizations achieve better business results. Because DevOps makes such a difference, people with DevOps skills are in high demand, and as a result, DevOps engineers make noticeably higher salaries than most other IT practitioner job titles. Fifty-five percent of U.S. DevOps engineers make $100,000 per year or more.

The Puppet Labs 2015 State of DevOps Report found that DevOps practices help organizations achieve better business results: high-performing IT organizations are more agile, deploy 30 times more frequently and 200 times faster than their lower-performing peers. They are also more reliable with 60 percent fewer service disruptions due to change failures, and recover 168 times faster when they do experience failure.

"The 2015 State of DevOps Report showed that high-performing IT organizations are more agile, more reliable, and ultimately drive real business value," said Nigel Kersten, CIO at Puppet Labs. "Now that organizations are learning of the benefits of DevOps, we're seeing additional salary data that reveals just how much demand there is around the world for highly qualified IT and DevOps practitioners. It's encouraging to see these positions continue to grow, and we look forward to watching the market evolve and adapt to the growing urgency around making IT a competitive advantage."

Interesting findings include:

  • DevOps engineers earn noticeably higher salaries than most other practitioner job titles in the 2015 survey and report. Fifty-five percent of U.S. DevOps engineers earn $100,000 per year or more; this share is surpassed only by architects (75 percent earn $100,000-plus), a group that includes the distinct job titles of architects, cloud or infrastructure architects, and systems architects.
  • Where managers in the rest of the world typically earn at least one salary increment more than practitioners, most managers in the U.S. earn at least two salary increments more.
  • If you're in the U.S., the report shows that you're more likely to earn a better salary if you are a tech practitioner in technology, web software or education.
  • Seventy-one percent of practitioners reported working 40 or more hours per week. Most respondents (52 percent) reported working 41-50 hours per week.
  • More DevOps engineers reported working in excess of 50 hours per week than any other job title. More systems engineers reported working 41-50 hours per week, and more system administrators reported working 40 or fewer hours per week.
  • Most surveyed women reported making $50,000 to $100,000 (59 percent of women, compared to 47 percent of men), while more men reported making $100,000 or more (47 percent of men, compared to 36 percent of women).

To peruse the findings of the 2015 DevOps Salary Report and see how your own salary stacks up to others in your region and field, you can download the report at:

To provide more accurate and meaningful insight around both geographic and gender demographics, Puppet Labs invites you to participate in next year's survey when it kicks off in Spring 2016.

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