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Same job, different place: US salaries top DevOps pay packet poll

California demand closes the pay gap

By Gavin Clarke, 24 Aug 2016

US techies are earning more than their counterparts in Europe, with those in California doing better off than their US peers.

That’s according to Puppet Labs' fifth annual “state of DevOps” survey which found that not only are those on the coalface and those managing them on who work other side of the pond pulling in more, but there are greater numbers of them compared to 12 months ago.

The five most common job titles of those responding to Puppet's poll of 4,600 were engineers and DevOps engineers, software developers, systems administrators and architects.

The survey found that biggest single salary band in US, comprising 29 per cent of respondents, is between $100,000 and $124,000. For managers, 43 per cent of are on $150,000 or more.

A year ago, the most common salary bands were $75,000 - $99,999 for techies and $125,000 - $149,000 for managers.

The US was the only region to see a jump.

It compares to the biggest salary bands in Western Europe, which are $50,000 and $74,999 for those on the front line and $75,000 and $99,999 for managers. Those figures are unchanged from 2015.

It’s California, home to Google, Facebook, Twitter and the like and where competition for talent is fierce, that has produced the biggest US salary skews.

The proportion of techies earning more than $150,000 a year is nearly equal to those earning $100,000 or less – 23 and 24 per cent, respectively.

According to the report, every other US state has much larger gaps between the salary bands.

Also, California saw the salaries of non-managers in tech higher than anywhere else – 75 per cent on $100,000 or more a year – compared to 68 per cent last year. ®

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