Puppet Marches Forward, Takes Note of DevOps Employment/Salary Trends

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 12, 2016

Folks who are focused on container technology and virtual machines as they are implemented today might want to give a hat tip to some of the early technologies and platforms that arrived in the same arena. Among those, Puppet, which was built on the legacy of the venerable Cfengine system, was an early platform that helped automate lots of virtual machine implementations. We covered it in depth all the way back in 2008. Fast-forward to today, and Puppet is still making news, creating jobs and more.

Here are some of the recent notable newsbytes from Puppet, including its 2016 DevOps Salary Survey results.

Puppet notes that its 2016 DevOps Salary Report revealed that most IT practitioners in the United States earn $100,000 or more in annual salary. The report also found that 43 percent of IT managers earn $150,000 or more, up from 26 percent last year. The salary report is based on data gathered from more than 4,600 respondents to the survey.

“Today, software is everywhere and is the driver of every business," said Nigel Kersten, CIO of Puppet. "For organizations to compete in this new world, they need the people and technology that enable a frictionless delivery of high quality software. This year's DevOps Salary Report shows that organizations are realizing the pressures of these dynamics and are pushing to hire, retain and manage the best IT teams to gain a strong competitive advantage.”

n this year’s survey, for the first time, respondents were also asked to report on the number of servers and employees in their organization. Data revealed that organizations with more than 10,000 servers pay the highest percentage of salaries that are $150,000 annually or more. These findings show that companies investing the most in servers and infrastructure are also investing the most in the employees who are managing them.

The 2016 DevOps Salary Report also revealed:

IT managers and practitioners in the U.S. earn more than peers around the world. The most common manager salary is $150,000+ in the U.S., $75,000-$99,999 in Western Europe, and $35,000-$49,999 in Asia. The most common practitioner salary is $100,000-$125,000 in the U.S., $50,000-$75,000 in Western Europe, and less than $25,000 in Asia.

The most lucrative practitioner salaries by industry in the U.S. IT practitioners based in the U.S. are more likely to earn $100,000+ if they work in the technology (65 percent), media/entertainment (65 percent), retail/consumer/e-commerce (65 percent) or finance (61 percent) industries.

Organizations with mature DevOps practices typically pay more. U.S. organizations with the most mature DevOps practices are more likely to compensate IT operations employees $100,000 or more per year.

To view the full 2016 DevOps Salary Report and see how your own salary compares to others in your region and field, you can download the report at: https://puppet.com/resources/white-paper/2016-devops-salary-report.

According to a recent blog post from Puppet:

"People now know what automation is, and they can name multiple tools they might use...Puppet is the clear leader in the space, and people use it to manage tens of millions of devices, from servers and switches to cloud-hosted VMs and containers, from the operating system to the application. We are a company of more than 400 people, working with people and companies around the world.

One of the most interesting, but also most challenging, parts of being at Puppet is helping our customers manage the production infrastructure they have today, while also providing a bridge to the future technology that will be in tomorrow’s production."