Dear What Am I Worth
I am employed by a company in a dual capacity: both the engineering and administration of our network, comprising an NT and Novell server and 95/NT clients. I have three years' experience in administration and am solely responsible for all the client PC hardware and peripherals at our site. I fault find, repair and build/replace the PCs from component parts. I support all software on the clients and am responsible for all end-user training. I do fault finding on our LAN, and have some involvement on the two servers, more so NT than Novell. I set up, configure and install small NT domains with five to 10 clients on customer sites.
I have some knowledge of Linux/Unix and 12 years' experience supporting stand-alone Apple Macintosh computers. My training is a mixture of self-taught and on-the-job training. I have just gained Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in Supporting Win95, however this is my only formal qualification. I would like to move on to a full-time position in systems/network administration and would appreciate an estimate as to my possible worth.
Mercury Consulting Group replies: Your worth would be greater if you get more experience managing servers. Without the qualifications and experience in this area your value is limited to around $40,000 to $45,000 per annum. Formal server qualifications can improve your value to between $45,000 and $75,000 (after some experience).