DevOps jobs: Salaries are rising, but some are rising faster than others

DevOps engineer salaries have risen, in part due to the pandemic, but salaries for certain roles are growing faster than others.

Demand for DevOps skills seems to have skyrocketed over the past five years. Consultancy Bain & Company reported in September that DevOps vacancies increased 443% between 2015 and 2019, which is comparable to machine learning placements but much faster than data science (167%) and software engineering (69) placements. %).

DevOps has become popular over the past decade around the idea that software development can be fast, deliver business results, and produce stable IT operations. It includes software development, testing, quality assurance, security and monitoring, then implementing code to work efficiently on the IT infrastructure. It’s about people, culture, tools and technology – all aimed at beating the competition.

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Some evidence of increased demand for DevOps engineers can be seen in Puppet’s new DevOps survey of 2,543 people around the world who shared salary data for the 2021 State of DevOps survey.

The company estimates that in 2021 more DevOps people will have moved to salaries between $150,000 and $250,000 than in any year since 2019. Sounds pretty good, though it’s hard to make sense in a short span of time with a global pandemic, a rush. towards digital transformation, and mass layoffs in the US.

Puppet found that, as always, the US still offers higher salaries in technology than in Europe; companies that are further along in the “DevOps evolution” also pay higher; and DevOps engineers working in financial services earned the highest salaries, followed by healthcare and technology.

Puppet divides DevOps respondents into practitioners such as software engineers and managers of DevOps teams. The data suggests that salaries for both groups rose last year, but executive salaries have risen much faster.

In both groups, those with salaries between $125,000 to $150,000 grew from 10% in 2020 to 14% in 2021, while those reporting salaries between $150,000 and $250,000 grew from 8% to 12% over the same period.

In 2021, 16% reported salaries between $100,000 and $125,000. Still, the most common salary range in DevOps was $75,000 to $100,000, with 21% in this category, followed by 18% with salaries between $50,000 and $75,000.

While the trend appears to point to salary growth for DevOps, there are some quirks in trend data: For example, only 35% of U.S. workers reported earning at least $150,000 in 2021, compared to 42% in 2020 and 36% in 2019, Marionette notes. .

But it suggests it’s DevOps team managers who saw the biggest income increases in the past year, with 33% reporting income above $150,000, up from 18% in 2020.

For practitioners, salary increases were flatter. In 2021, 14% had a salary between $125,000 and $150,000, up from 10% in 2020. And 28% earned $75,000 or less.

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Looking at highly developed DevOps organizations, the proportion of practitioners earning more than $150,000 rose from 8% in 2020 to 20% in 2021. More than double is pretty good, but still a small proportion.

Meanwhile, the proportion of executives at highly developed companies earning more than $150,000 rose from 14% in 2020 to a staggering 40% in 2021.

“This finding supports the hypothesis that organizations with highly developed DevOps practices had the capacity and incentive to pay significantly more to recruit and retain both managers and practitioners during a challenging job market,” notes Puppet in the report.

“This may also reflect that managers and practitioners at these companies are being compensated in proportion to higher skills and experience levels, or that these companies are recruiting more senior managers and practitioners with deeper DevOps expertise.”

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