Although the global health pandemic of 2020 served as a catalyst to an unprecedented digital transformation and prompted many previously reluctant executives to implement DevOps practices into their organizations, DevOps/SRE remains an imbalanced market in terms of offer and demand. With a scarce talent pool and a persisting lack of understanding of both the practice and its benefits, companies are left competing for top candidates using outdated information regarding compensation, while SREs navigate job opportunities with the uncertainty that their worth is fairly paid.
In an effort to shed some light on the matter, we conducted a survey to gather in-depth information regarding salary, incentives, and benefits in the DevOps/SRE marketplace. We looked at how salaries vary according to an engineer’s level of experience and the maturity and size of a company, the role’s geographic distribution as well as gender and ethnic representation across the DevOps/SRE space.
Our hope is that the findings will help executives define fair and competitive offers when they seek top talent. Likewise, we wish this report can serve as a useful benchmark for SREs considering different career opportunities.
The survey was distributed in multiple channels, requesting that DevOps professionals and SREs respond to questions regarding experience, compensation, demographics, and size of the company.
Survey respondents reported information about salary by selecting the range their base salary fell into.
The same method was used for benefits and bonuses. Regarding equity, SREs selected between three major types of stock options. Survey respondents also rated their overall satisfaction with their current compensation.