Published on 24 August 2016 by
Photo of Bill Hurt and his daughter Zoey
The 2015 Puppet DevOps Salary Report was instrumental in my decision to leave a job, and gave me huge confidence in negotiating the salary I'm about to earn in the new one.

~ Bill Hurt, senior production engineer, holding his daughter Zoey.



So you want to know about DevOps salary trends? Then download the 2016 DevOps Salary Report. It offers analysis of what we learned about DevOps salaries today from the 4,600-plus people we surveyed for the 2016 State of DevOps Report. By the way, if you haven't read the State of DevOps report yet, it's a compelling dive into how much better DevOps organizations are doing, compared with their peers — and how they achieve such excellent results.

But onto DevOps salaries, which is why you're reading this. There's a lot to explore in the report, and much of it points to the increased value employers place on people with DevOps skills and experience.

  • U.S. DevOps practitioners and DevOps managers saw a bump in salary compared to the prior year. The most common salary band for DevOps practitioners is now $100,000-$125,000, compared to $75,000-$100,000 band last year. The most common salary for managers is now $150,000 or more, compared to $125,000-$150,000 a year ago. Since salaries in other parts of the world haven't increased as much, we think that as DevOps (and the people who practice it) has matured, employers are placing greater value on the people with more DevOps experience.

  • For practitioners outside the United States, the most common DevOps salaries are $75,000-$100,000 for Canada, Australia and New Zealand; $50,000-$75,000 for Western Europe; and less than $25,000 for Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

  • U.S. practitioners are more likely to be paid well in certain industries: technology, media and entertainment, and finance are the best choices if you want to increase your likelihood of making more than $100,000.

2016 DevOps Salary Report infographic

Intrigued by these findings? There's a lot more in the latest DevOps salary report. Download it now and peruse at your leisure! And as always, let us know what you think — we're always looking for ways to improve.

Aliza Earnshaw is the editorial director at Puppet.

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