Big data, big pay: 10 data jobs with climbing salaries

Compare the salaries, skills requirements and typical duties of 10 data-centric IT jobs

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The corporate appetite for big data is translating into rising salaries for IT pros. In its 2014 Salary Guide, RHT (Robert Half Technology) identifies 10 IT jobs in the data/data administration field. The highest paying is data warehouse manager, with starting salaries ranging from $115,250 to $154,250. The biggest raise goes to business intelligence analysts, who can expect a 7.4 percent boost this year. Read on to learn more about the salaries, skills requirements and typical duties of 10 data-centric IT jobs.

Data warehouse manager
Data warehouse manager

The highest paying job on RHT’s list is the data warehouse manager, which commands a starting salary in the range of $115,250 to $154,250 (a gain of 5.9percent compared to 2013). It’s a role that requires a range of technical and managerial skills, including in-depth background in database theory and practice, hands-on experience in data warehousing tools and architecture, strong analytic abilities, project management experience, and technical proficiency in database languages and applications such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2.

Data architect
Data architect

The second highest-paying role in RHT’s ranking is data architect, a senior position that requires strong analytic and creative skills plus knowledge of data systems and database methodology, design, and modeling (starting salary: $111,750 - $153,750, a gain of 7.2 percent). The data architect is responsible for planning and coordinating data resources. Working knowledge of network management, application architecture, and performance management is highly valued, RHT says. Employers typically expect experience with Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, or other databases in operating system environments, including Unix, Linux, Solaris, and Windows.

Database manager
Database manager

Wanted: Creative, analytical thinkers who can lead a team of database professionals, plan information system strategy, and make a case to senior IT managers. An in-depth understanding of all aspects of database technology is also required of database managers, RHT says. Employers typically look for five years of experience in an Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, or similar environment, along with technical management experience. Salaries range from $107,750 to $149,000, a gain of 5.9 percent compared to 2013 pay.

Business intelligence analyst
Business intelligence analyst

Business intelligence analysts need a strong background in all aspects of database technology, and in particular, they need to know their analytical and reporting tools. Experience with database queries, stored procedure writing, OLAP (Online Analytical Processing), and data cube technology is also important. Business intelligence analysts can expect a 7.4 percent boost in starting compensation this year -- the biggest raise among all 10 data/database jobs, RHT says -- with salaries ranging from $101,250 to $142,250.

Data warehouse analyst
Data warehouse analyst

What makes a good data warehouse analyst? Excellent research, analysis, and problem-solving skills, plus strong oral and written communication abilities. Typical prerequisites also include knowledge of relational database theory and experience with data modeling and architecture. RHT says starting salaries range from $99,000 to $133,750, a gain of 5.8 percent compared to 2013.

Data modeler
Data modeler

Excellent data analysis and problem-solving skills are must-haves for data modelers. They also should communicate well and be comfortable working with teams. Familiarity with data modeling tools and methodologies is important, along with knowledge of database system applications, stored procedures, and data warehousing, RHT says. The starting salary range in 2014 is $97,250 to $134,250, a gain of 5.8 percent.

Database developer
Database developer

A solid understanding of relational database theory and practice is key to the role of database developer. Experience with Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, or IBM DB2 is essential, and professional certification (Microsoft Certified Database Administrator or Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional) is a plus, RHT says. Database developers are analytical, strong problem solvers, and good communicators. Salaries range from $92,000 to $134,500, a gain of 6.5 percent compared to 2013 pay.

Portal administrator
Portal administrator

Portal administrators need to analyze and solve complex problems, plus have knowledge of enterprise web applications, services, systems, and supporting technologies, RHT says. Because portal administrators often interact with technical and nontechnical colleagues, it’s important to have strong written and verbal communication skills. Starting salaries range from $91,250 to $121,000, a gain of 5.6 percent.

Database administrator
Database administrator

Database administrators need a strong foundation in database structure, configuration, installation, and practice, RHT says. Plus, they need a customer service mindset and the ability to work as part of a team. Experience with relational database languages and apps -- such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and IBM DB2 -- is important, and certifications from Microsoft, Oracle, and others are valuable. In 2014, salaries will range from $87,500 to $126,000, a gain of 5.4 percent.

Data analyst/report writer
Data analyst/report writer

People with strong analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving abilities, plus thorough knowledge of relational database theory and practice, are a good fit for a data analyst/report writer position, which RHT estimates will pay between $67,750 and $101,000 in 2014 (a gain of 5.3 percent compared to a year earlier). Employers expect several years of experience working with major database platforms, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and IBM DB2. The role requires working both independently and collaboratively with data systems teams.