Devops Pros Salary on the Rise Despite the Effect of the Pandemic

A Challenging Year Globally, Development and Operations Professionals Flourished in the Tech World.


Thanks to an all-time high in demand for fast digitization, DevOps professionals also saw an all-time high in salary increments. More than a third now earn $150,000 to $250,000 per annum in the US.

The top earners worldwide were, as you guessed it, LSPH (Life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare), with over 64% earning more than $100,000
The top earners worldwide were, as you guessed it, LSPH (Life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare), with over 64% earning more than $100,000
Key Facts
  1. 1

    Social Distancing ensured demand for digital initiatives increased globally.

  2. 2

    The worldwide rise wasn't just about the United States of America, and Japan took the lead in percentage gain.

  3. 3

    DevOps professionals in the United States make more money than anywhere else in the world.

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    IT managers and information security trail widely to engineering managers for income.


A pandemic is never a remarkable occurrence. We at sincerely commiserate with those that were affected in any way. As a wild guess would have it, the pandemic had severe effects on industries, suggesting bankruptcy, riding economies into unforeseen recession. But the Tech world rode the tides; DevOps professionals are testimony to that.

DevOps vendor Puppet commissioned the 2020 DevOps Salary Report, took a subvert of 2,415 globally, and found uptrends in the profession. Top drawer research has it that 2030 saw an astounding salary rise of DevOps professionals worldwide, in contrast to 2019. 35% of United States DevOps respondents reported $150,000 to $250,000, a wide of 29% that reported such an increase in 2019.

The report also included that firms that have already reached higher DevOps advancement levels compensate their employees more than those whose DevOps evolution is inferior.

Taking a look at salaries in various geographic regions, the Puppet study reported that in Europe and the United Kingdom, there was a slight increase of 5% to 34% in the fraction of IT professionals in the $55,000 and $75,000 salary group in contrast to 2019. However, studies in the US report that the fraction of respondents in the $55,000 to $75,000 group remained at 29%. This figure bears the exact resemblance to the data in the Puppet Survey of 2019.

However, IT professionals in the brackets of $100,000 to $150,000 enjoyed an uptrend from 16% in 2019 to 22% in the recent survey.

The top earners worldwide were, as you guessed it, LSPH (Life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare), with over 64% earning more than $100,000.

Widely following LSPH was the financial services industry, where 53% of respondents reportedly earned over $100,000, technology companies respondents trailed at 45%.

As the industry has always had it, there is a gender pay gap in DevOps, seeing more men earning top salaries than women. According to the survey, male and female DevOps engineers at the $75,000-per-annum mark earn at similar proportions. However, on the $125,000-per-annum mark, 28% are male, 17% female.

Cloud companies had big breaks during the pandemic. The video conferencing company, Zoom, topped the list of public firms that produced high-earning respondents. In contrast, Dataiku, an AI and ML firm Headquartered in New York City, took first place for private companies.

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