Labeling skills as soft undervalues them. To prioritize skills such as communication, IT leaders must call them what they are in the digital era: Core.
How much does a DevOps engineer make?
Putting debates around the term DevOps engineer aside, let’s explore data points on salaries for this hot job title
Despite being a hotly debated title, DevOps engineer is the most recruited job on LinkedIn, according to the platform. If you hold this title, don’t expect to be on the job hunt for long. But you should still do your research in advance to make sure you are well compensated for the expertise you bring to the table.
“DevOps is a constantly changing area in terms of compensation due to the rapidly changing skills requirements for different platforms and open source projects,” says George McFerran, EVP of product and marketing at tech job site Dice.
DevOps engineer salaries
Currently, the average base pay for a DevOps engineer is $115,666, and salaries range from $91,000 at the low end to $155,000 at the high end, according to Glassdoor.com’s Know Your Worth salary calculator, which can help you gauge the competitiveness of your current or potential pay, using your title, region, and experience level.
If you stick with it and work your way up to a senior DevOps engineer title, salary jumps to $132,359 on average, or as much as $179,000 on the high end, according to ZipRecruiter.
High demand for DevOps engineers
Employers show no sign of slowing hiring for this title: According to the DevOps Institute’s 2019 DevOps Skill Report, 39 percent of respondents around the globe were recruiting for the DevOps Engineer/Manager title. Behind that were Software Engineer (29 percent), DevOps Consultant (22 percent), Test Engineer (18 percent), Automation Architect (17 percent), Infrastructure Engineer (16 percent), and CI/CD Engineer (16 percent).
It's worth noting that the title means different things to different companies. Eveline Oehrlich, research director for DevOps Institute, says “Every DevOps engineer/manager job is different as it depends on the team’s topology, maturity of the company, roadmap to achieve velocity and quality of software, and culture.” For more perspective on this, read also: DevOps jobs: 5 trends to watch.
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