[windows2000] Re: Very OT - Salary Range

  • From: "Chris Berry" <compjma@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 12:19:20 -0800

From: "Farrugia, Paul" <pfarrugia@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sorry for the off-topic post but I was hoping to get some ideas on what
the job market is paying for someone with the titles Network
Administrator and Senior Network Administrator. I know the economy isn't
great right now and that our job market has taken a hit in the salary
ranges. I also searched various sites for salary comparisons but I am
not sure where they get their numbers from. One site showed that the
base pay for a Sr. Network Admin in my area (Clark, NJ) is between 70
and 90k. I don't know if it's based on certifications or not. I work for
a Credit Union and they are looking to "restructure" the salary ranges
and wanted to put my two cents in.

I have no certifications, everything I know I basically taught myself or
learned from others.
Here are some of my skills and experience:
I have an Associates Degree in Computer Technology and am currently
attending Rutgers University for a BS in Computer Science.
Exchange 5.5/2000 Administrator - 2 years
ISA Server 2000/Internet/Proxy/Firewall Administrator - 2 years
Cisco Routers - 2 years
Windows 2000/NT Network Administrator - 4 years
Help Desk - 4 years
PC/Laptop Rollouts - 4 years
I am also responsible for all network and email backup.

My job also is requiring me to have a working knowledge of HTML, XML,
Java, and C++ (though I don't know what the hell for and no one will
give me a straight answer)

I have a 2 page list of daily procedures that I have to check off every
day. Some of these tasks include:

Ensuring backups were successful
Checking logs on servers
Monitoring servers
Applying patches and hot fixes
Help Desk Support

We also have kiosks that I have to support and monitor as well as a
phone system. My list just keeps getting longer and longer each day and
my wallet doesn't get any thicker.

Well, first of all it sounds like you're actually a systems administrator regardless of what your real job title is. Secondly, with the amount of experience you have you're definitely not a Sr. Admin of any kind even if you're the head guy there. (That usually requires 10-15 years experience) Depending on the size of your company I'd say you should make between $55k-$65k a year.

Chris Berry
Systems Administrator
JM Associates

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