Contemplating life down under

After my wife and I visited New Zealand, we have been thinking about moving there. I'm curious about the salary ranges in my field, so that I may better understand if I could sustain my current lifestyle.

Dear What am I Worth,

After my wife and I visited New Zealand, we have been thinking about moving there. I'm curious about the salary ranges in my field, so that I may better understand if I could sustain my current lifestyle. Here in the US I make $US58k per year gross. I am not yet familiar with what percentage of taxation I would incur, so I would appreciate an estimate along with the salary estimate. Ideally, I would like to live and work in or around either Auckland or Wellington. I work for a Fortune 200 company as a senior enterprise server analyst. My primary responsibilities include support and implementation of DNS, DHCP, WINS, NT4 Enterprise backups and Microsoft Cluster Server, and I'm beginning to work with Windows 2000. I have been working with PC hardware for over 10 years and network operating systems for over five years. I am certified in A+, CNA (Novell 4.11) and MCSE MCP+I. By the time we move, I will also hold a BS degree in IS with a minor in business. Due to the size of my company, a certain amount of specialisation is required, so I have considerably less experience with mail, routers and SQL, but I would call it a working knowledge nonetheless.

Would-be migrant

Candle replies: Your current income has no relevance in the New Zealand market. Your skills, however, indicate that you would be worth $70,000 to $75,000. This would result in a "take-home pay packet" after tax of approximately $1900 to $2100 per two-week period.

Computerworld will assume all letters are for publication - it will not answer questions personally.This month recruitment agency Candle IT&T Recruitment answers your queries. The above advice is designed to be a guide only. Salary ranges can vary depending on a number of factors including experience, training, location and the type of company you work for. If you want to find out what you are worth, email darren-greenwood@ idg.co.nz with "What Am I Worth" in the subject field. Please include your job title, job description, technical background, how much experience you have, qualifications, the type of company you are working for, where you are located and any other relevant information.

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