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What's a Microsoft Certified Professional Worth?

Your MCP has value, but how much? A look the salary picture for Microsoft Certified Professionals now, and what to expect in the next 12 months.

Your MCP has value, but how much? A look the salary picture for Microsoft Certified Professionals now, and what to expect in the next 12 months

We're baaaccckkkk! Yes, it's the return of the MCPmag.com Salary Survey, the sibling survey to the one we run on Redmondmag, only more certifiable. That is, we take a different tack on this survey, providing you with a look at IT compensation that's decidedly MCP-ish.

This survey might seem familiar if you've been reading MCPmag in the last decade or so, but there is a difference that we'd like to explain at the outset. In past years, we offered comparisons to prior years' results. We really can't do that this time out, since the last time we surveyed our certified readership exclusively was back in 2005, when an MCP was an MCP and having an MCSE meant you were elite among the IT cognoscenti (but not among real engineers, of course, but that issue is now moot). In 2006, we performed a joint version of the survey for Redmond and MCPmag, wherein the methodology was reconfigured significantly.

And there is another significant difference: When we ran this survey last, we had a fairly small number of MCP titles to consider. Since then, Microsoft has revamped the new-generation certifications significantly and that means dozens more titles, and more ways to slice and dice data.

With that, consider this version 7.0 of the survey. It's new-generation and more of what matters to you.

So, let's get to those numbers, shall we?

Not Your Average IT Admin
Some basic findings from this year's results show that IT admins who still have a job make better than $80K on average. Respondents said their salaries increased by better than $2K over the previous year, a year that is feeling more like the end of the recession years. Even better: they also claimed to have nearly exceeded $3K in bonus money.

A few other noteworthy results from this year's survey.

  1. Respondents are well-tenured, with average age being what might be endearingly called "middle-aged."
  2. Most respondents are going into the second decade into their IT careers.
  3. We're seeing more women in the IT ranks, with the gap in the ratio getting narrower than in salary surveys we've conducted in years past.

We explore some of the finding you see in the chart on this page later on in this survey. Next up: What compensation looks like based on job titles.

Salary by Job Title
As we've seen in year's past (and as indicated by the chart here), management and programming project leads are often well compensated above any others. They're the figureheads for IT teams, accepting praise for successes on the teams' behalf or having to explain failures. Network project leads also often do well, but in the scheme of things, it's the DBAs and database developers who came in right above on the salary scale. DBAs and developers often tell us that they're well compensated and happy with their pay, and this year is no different. It's data, after all, that is at the heart of many businesses and good data people are often plied with incentives to either stay put or lured away to companies who can afford to pay higher salaries.

Job titles have an effect on salaries, but so does the technology you've got expertise in. That's next.

Pick Your Expertise
We asked readers to tell us their area of technical expertise, and from that we gleaned their salaries. The top three are highly specialized ones:

  • Extranets ($94,065)
  • Oracle ($93,956)
  • Data warehousing (at $92,822, it edged out software design)

There are some areas of expertise that are just hot right now, and we'll likely see an uptick in the average salaries for those who possess such skills. Virtualization has been hot and it's likely to remain red-hot for the months to come. It's just slightly above the average salary of all respondents, and it's likely to keep or exceed that pace as more companies realize the cost benefits.

And we expect that even though wireless/mobile computing ranked fairly low salary-wise this year, compensation might come in higher in next year's results. That's because mobile app development is hot right now, due to the proliferation of Windows Phone and Google Android devices in the enterprise. That bodes well for app developers in the next 12 months -- as apps developers are moved over to programming for devices, there'll be a need for your generalist app developers.

Now that you know what technologies are in demand from a salary perspective, what Microsoft products pay the best? Take a guess before heading to the next page, because we're sure you'll be surprised.

Showing Off Your Microsoft Skills
For the next chart, we asked respondents to tell us what Microsoft technologies they could claim expertise in, and they were allowed to choose as many as applied to them.

Those who said they have Project Server expertise claimed the highest compensation in this year's survey. We notice that those who did were rare, but there were enough Project Server experts to make it count. Browsing the results more closely, we also noticed that most of them had managerial or C-level titles.

Other hot areas include Application Center, Systems Center and BizTalk Server. We expect that more people next year will claim SharePoint and Hyper-V expertise, and we'll predict now that those salary figures will slightly dip next year because of that.

At the low end are technologies that are at end-of-life support, such as Windows XP ($67,587), the ambiguously-named and catchall expertise Windows client support ($68,199) and Small Business Server ($70,667).

Next up: The reason you read this survey in the first place -- salaries by Microsoft certifications.

Salary by Microsoft Certification
One thing sticks out like a sore thumb on this chart: Those who claim the MCTS: BizTalk 2006 title command the highest salary, even over those owning any Professional-level title (but in some cases, and not by much). The high salary among those who specialize is something we've found every year to be the norm. Thus, the top three here:

  • MCTS: BizTalk 2006 ($114,312)
  • MCITP: BI Developer ($112,416)
  • MCPD ($111,187)

Developers are often highly compensated, but we've found that many developers among our readership haven't achieved the highest level of certification (see chart below). SharePoint topics seem to be hot with our readers, and the same goes for salaries based on that certification. Developer and database titles have always done well on our surveys and this year's results show the trend continuing.

We'd like to point out that Microsoft Certified Master and Microsoft Certified Architect titles don't show up in our results, and for good reason: We're still not getting enough data back from respondents who have those titles.

Now, at the low end is what you might expect:

  • MCDST ($72,819)
  • MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician ($77,685)
  • MCP, any ($78,048)

 



So, Who Holds What?
To put the salaries in the above chart into perspective, the next chart shows the certifications held by readers. Because the old-generation certifications don't retire, we continue to look at them, and outside of the MCP a significant portion of readers still claim the older MCSE titles.

With the new-generation certifications, respondents said their paths have led them to where the demand is: mainly Windows OS and anything denoting advanced IT administration. Specialists are rare, but that rareness also translates to higher salaries, as well see in later charts.

Our developer readership is slim, but we heard from enough of them that we got some solid compensation figures for the related certification figures. (Expect more significant data to come from Redmond Developer News' upcoming Salary Survey later this year.)

As is the case with the chart above, we have yet to get any significant data on Microsoft Certified Master and Microsoft Certified Architect titles, so we excluded them in this chart as well.

Microsoft certifications aren't the only certification game in town. Respondents tell us they've also found value in other technical certifications they've obtained. You'll find the salary results based on those non-Microsoft titles on the next page.

You Must Be Certifiable
Our readers usually don't stop at just being Microsoft certified and will often use certification as a gauge for their understanding of technology. Some of our readers said they actually started their certification journey through other programs, such as the CompTIA or Cisco programs before taking on a Microsoft certification.

The majority of respondents this month were asked to choose all the certifications they held this year. With that, we extracted compensation figures for those who own other certifications beyond those in the Microsoft program. Hot areas include Cisco, Oracle and IBM.

A large number of MCPmag readers own one of the many current and live Cisco certifications that we'd be able to produce a separate survey of Cisco title holders (but we'll save that idea for another time).

How about we move on? Next, we look at some of the reasons readers get certified.

Cause and Effect
As has been the case in salary surveys of years past, we always ask about the effect one's Microsoft certification has on salary. Most respondents, it appears, don't really seem to think much about the money, but are more interested in how certification and training can help to improve one's IT knowledge. And this chart seems to bear it out, as most respondents (54 percent) see no change or are absolutely unaware or haven't seen any directly effect that certification played in any salary increase.

What's the most interesting thing to come from this chart is that respondents have pretty much one big reason for achieving certification these days. An overwhelming number, 71 percent, said it was a personal goal, while 48 percent said certification would help them distinguish their skills from others. Thirty-two percent said it worked as leverage to get a better job. It's reason like these that tell us that certification does make a difference, even though it may not always be monetary.

Next: The bonus picture.

Bonus Time
Even though things began looking up last year, it was still considered a recession year. And that meant that companies' coffers were shut down pretty tight. As you can see in this series of charts, most respondents (52%) said they received no bonus. Of those who did, though, most were in the $1,00 to $5,000 range. Interestingly, 5 percent saw $15,000 or more. Company profitability is a big factor, but so is personal performance. Here, certification doesn't seem to have much impact.

As for additional compensation, 401(k) contributions and paid medical and dental are mainstays, as companies also were less inclined to offer profit-sharing and stock options.







Up next: Salaries by range, just for the curious.

Compensation Breakdown
Besides asking respondents to give us an exact salary figure, as a gut check we also ask respondents to tell us their salary based on a range. Looking at the salaries by range can give us a good idea where one's salary compares to others in the grand scheme of things. In this chart, more than a quarter of respondents reported making more than six figures. Below that line, the next biggest slice comes from those in the first $60K, which is where we find mainly those whose work is predominantly systems administration or help desk support. And salaries by range mainly go up from there.


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On the next page, we ask a question that has some bearing on salaries: hiring.

The Hiring Picture
As we do every year, we also ask whether respondents are privy to hiring practices at their companies, and if some companies are expected to hire in the next 12 months. Thirty-five percent of all respondents believe their companies, a significant figure, to be sure. Of those who said that hiring would take place, 44 percent believe one to five people will be hired, and a third of all respondents believe Microsoft certification to play a role in hiring.







Finally, we asked what kind of impact Microsoft certification has on one's career. An overwhelming 70 percent said it has had a positive effect.

And that's what compensation for 2011 looks like. We know that you've looked to us to provide a gauge of the state of Microsoft IT – our Redmond Magazine survey is still the most popular article we run online. So, it only makes sense that we continue the certification portion, so that you can continue to look to us to put a quantifiable measure on your careers as well as your certifications.

We hope the results you find here will help in that regard, particularly when it comes time to justify your value to the company or to the next company to hire you.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the data we presented here. You can write to me at mdomingo@1105media.com.

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Mon, Jul 15, 2013 Zetaclear US

I would like to begin to see the numbers divided by area. I live in Veterans administration, have Seventeen years within IT and I help to make 135K with a 10,000 bonus. I believe lumping in the mid-west along with higher having to pay areas doesn't provide any kind of benefit.

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Sat, Feb 2, 2013 new grad from nyc

These numbers are accurate and, I dare say, a bit below than what I or my former computer science classmates have seen. I am 26 and was recently offered $145k + benefits and $2k signing bonus for a company in NYC. With adjusted-living, it would be around $80k anywhere else. My brother, with 10yrs exp, lives in San Francisco and is paid $160k, no lie. Not in a management or c-level position...he's a regular senior software engineer.

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Wed, Jan 9, 2013 TBak Bellevue, Wa

Im an MCP, jack of all trades, master of none. Can DO/Fix most everything in a 186 employee company, Microsoft shop. about 100k with 14 years

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 Lucky Jeff Columbus Ohio

I LIVE IN THE MIDWEST and those numbers are possible. For all those people that think this type of Salary is NOT possible I am here to tell you are you WRONG. I make 105K, 10k+ Bonus, 4 weeks vacation,401K. I do not have a 4 year degree but I do have a MCSE, CISA and working on CISSP.

Fri, Dec 14, 2012

Just my MCSE was in 1999, the others were throughout the years with the most recent being Network+ (2010),MCTS (2011), and Security+ (2012), And I remained current in Microsoft Training, just didn't take the upgrade tests for 2003, or 2008 etc...

Mon, Dec 3, 2012 JD Africa

Come on, guys, if your last cert was in 1999, you are WAY out of date. In this industry, if you are not studying ALL THE TIME, then you are going backwards. To get the best dollars, you need to be current, and stay current. If you aren't studying for the 2012/2013 products, then you are wrong.

Fri, Nov 30, 2012 carlos Greenville, SC

I have never seen salaries that high here..I am an MCSA, Net+, Sec+ certified..I work for an IT Vendor that provides helpdesk and onsite support for Banks, and other clients. NO ONE in the firm makes half of those numbers. We are small firm, but I have never even seen a position advertised for those kinda salaries. Those of you saying they are correct are all living in SF, NY, etc. You can cut your numbers in half to see what they are for Southern states due to cost of living change.

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 KG Upstate NY

I have an MCP, MCTS, MCSE (1999), CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security +, 25 years experience as a Microsoft Systems Analyst/Systems Administrator, countless technical training over the years (didn't just study and take a test I actually trained in all new OS's, took courses, supported Large enterprises, OTJ training etc...) and I had to take an entry level job making $16/hr with no benefits, no holidays, no vacation, no sick time, no retirement. Yea, where do they get these numbers from???? Back in Orlando Florida in 2003 I was making $60,000/yr as a senior level sys analyst..was laid off then moved back to upstate NY where I'm making almost poverty level income. The cook at a bar I work at part time makes more money than I do.

Thu, Oct 18, 2012 G South NJ

Yes - region matters. Lumping the numbers like this only makes for nice popular reading on a non-tech site. I live and work in S-NJ. Duties are mix of staff and some mgmt. 1099-ed income is $60 / hour, but actual salary equivalent is around 90K with health ins., 3 weeks vacation + 7 paid holidays.

Wed, Oct 10, 2012 Mike Upstate NY

Also, who ever said you cant raise a family on $20/hr is an idiot. I've supported my wife, and child on $14.00/hr in the worst times..

Wed, Oct 10, 2012 Mike Upstate NY

I have CCNA, CCNA Voice and I'm also ADTRAN certified. I dont hold an MCP as of yet, but I make $70K all day just with my certs and 8 years IT experience. The numbers are achievable.. you just have to be willing to make your own paycheck.

Wed, Sep 12, 2012 DonDon SF Bay Area

For the past year, I have applied for jobs that requires MS certications. The average salary was from $40k to $60k. I have turned down these jobs because of this but there are many taking these low salary certification jobs so it's lowering everyone's salaries. We do have a lot of H1B people who will take any salaries.

Mon, Sep 10, 2012 Michael VA

I would like to see the numbers broken down by region. I live in VA, have 17 years in IT and I make 135K with a 10K bonus. I think lumping in the mid-west with higher paying areas does not provide any benefit.

Fri, Aug 31, 2012 collector

im a garbage man in NY, i make roughly $60,000 on the items i find alone! i have certification, or experience, or a degree! Thank you...

Wed, Aug 22, 2012 Peter Trast Kansas City, MO

Everytime I see someone say "I am an MCSA or MCSE and I never see anything close to these numbers" the first thing I notice is that you are at least one, almost two, generations behind now. 2008 has been out for FOUR years and 2012 is out next month. I have 10 years full time in IT, this is my URL http://www.linkedin.com/in/petertrast and I easily cleared 100K including some bonuses last year, even though my salary is a bit below 100K. These numbers are very realistic, I make quite a bit more than the example with fewer years and more certifications and I am about to go to Masters school for MCM (fingers crossed). You have to work your butt off, get LOTS of current certifications and not just sit in some admin job for 10 years. Killer salaries are yours to be had if you continuously certify and grow. One certification from 5 years ago makes no sense. That technology is almost gone. Once you hit 3 generations of certifications, you should expect a salary like the one above. And don't forget to add specialties, like I have SQL certs, also. Contact me through LinkedIn if you need guidance on Microsoft certifications. A huge part of my career is mentoring other IT pros into a better path. Do what I say and you can succeed wildly -- if you have the guts to try. :) C'mon, succeed!!!

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Mon, Jul 16, 2012 Geek4You Pennsylvania, USA

I have no degree, no certifications, but 5 years professional experience. As a Network Admin... I make... $50,000 a year with a complete benefits package and 25% matching 401k. If you make less than me with a degree and / or Certifications, it's time to look for another company to work for because you are getting ripped off !!!!

Tue, May 22, 2012 Nick Australia

Sysadmin, server engineer, been in industry for 7 years, MCSE/MCITP, masters of information systems security. Working on government contracts, avg. AUD 150K+. Will be moving into architecture in few years time, 200k+ easy. You can't just sit and wait for salaries to move up you need to move up yourself...

Fri, Apr 13, 2012 VoIP Guy Missouri

The real question is what is the actual job title of the MCP? I have an MCP and MCSE yet I've never worked in a position which used these as primary skills. I actually work on VoIP networks using Vendor software other than Microsoft. Yes, there are a few platforms which still run Windows Server instead of Linux which is why I obtained Microsoft Certification to begin with.

Mon, Apr 2, 2012

These numbers are crap. I have a BS in IT (Network Security Specialization), A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, and two other certifications that I can't remember off the top of my head as well as military experience and I'm stuck at 20$ an hour. Currently I'm entertaining the idea of retraining in the medical field to become a PA - 2 years on top of any Bachelor degree and first year out I'll top 80k... 100k by year 5. Whoever said computers/network/server administration was a good way to support a family needs to grab firmly onto their ears so they can pull their head out of the arse. The hay day of the 90s is over!

Tue, Mar 6, 2012 Wishful Not working @ MS

I have an MCP, CompTIA A+, and Network+, have completed a training course for Windows XP, and am scheduled for another in Windows 7. I have been actively supporting Desktops for over 15 years now. At one time I was around $50K, then the bottom fell out of the economy. I am hoping that I will break $42K this year (that's Gross NOT Net). I do not know where these figures come from, but if they are accepting Resumes, I'd like to send one their way!

Sun, Jan 15, 2012 Mohame Rady Canada

I just got my MCPD: SharePoint Developer 2010. I am going to get a new job proposal next week. I hope that my new Employer is aware of theses averages.

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 Chantelle Ontario, Canada

I've been an MCSE since the NT 4 days and a Systems Admin for over 12 years I'm no where even close to these figures. Even searching the job banks and boards it's difficult to find salaries over $65k in my area. It would be nice if they they would do a survey of salaries outside of the US and major IT centres, or segment the data into zones.

Tue, Jan 3, 2012 sharepointGuy Atlanta

I think these salaries are pretty close..although I don't have any certification and i have been working in sharepoint for 3 years and that is also my total industry experience I make around 85k..so basically it depends on what kind of work u do and also the region as i know sharepoint jobs in big cities tend to pay a lot more.

Tue, Dec 13, 2011 Butch Seattle

These number are right on the button. I have been in IT for over 14 years now, and I have my VCP 2,3, & 4. I have my MCP, MCSE, MCITP Enterprise Admin, CCNA,and RHCT. I am working towards advance VMware certs and EMC storage certs. My salary this year will be over 100k easily. The numbers are correct, and I am sure I can find a position for my money. Butch

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 AK Blantyre, Malawi

If it would apply like that in all the countries then there would have been rich "skilled" IT guys out there. I have an MSCE, MCTS and been in the industry for 10 Years but cant find a job that can pay 1/4 of the amount that's been mentioned here. May be the industry in my country doesn't want to face the reality.

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 Sajith Kerala, India

Those mentioned salary is too high. I have 2+ exp in desktop support if i could get only 25000 Rs.

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 Richard California

I live and work in the Silicon Valley. These are very realistic numbers. However, these are not starting salaries; these are experienced and certified average salaries. I manage an IT department, I hire ONLY certified people. Starting salaries are easily in the $60k range, often higher with good experience. Me, I have over 15 years of desktop support, phone support, server management, backup management, webserver, application server, roll-out, on and on, experience an MCSE I earn over $140K. You can't expect to graduate from school, get a certification and walk into a high salary, you need to prove yourself, and be good at what you do. I've hired, and then fired, lots of "paper" MCPs. No one owes you anything, work hard and you can earn big money.

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 marcus lee liberia

sorry those figure's are to high.i think it was take from people base America.Because where i come from sys admin makes $290 .

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 marcus lee liberia

sorry those figure's are to high.i think it was take from people base America.Because where i come from sys admin makes $290 .

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 BADBOY Madrid

I have been working with Microsoft Infrastructures from 10 years I think that rates posted are far from reality, at least in Europe, except UK.

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Wed, Dec 7, 2011

Maybe they should publish non-Microsoft employee salaries... I know people at microsoft and these are normal pay rates for them. They have the BEST jobs, payrate, insurance, benefits, etc. You have to live there to work there. I like the country and small town life and trade the salary for peacefulness.

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 Patricia Ontario, Canada

If this was at all accurate I would go with the Occupy IT suggestion, however I think it is not. With 26 years experience managing hundreds of servers and thousands of desktops I ain't making anywhere near these numbers. Get it right MCP!

Wed, Dec 7, 2011

It looks like only those who made good salaries responded. Companies keep demanding more skills, knowledge and experience while pushing salaries down. Gee, maybe this is why loyalty is low. Maybe Occupy IT is needed.

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 no name Europe, The Kingdom of the Netherlands

As a freelance web developer, i am earning 180.000 euro's a year. After taxes, this is a nett 100.000 euro's. That would be 140.000 US dollar. THANKS TO THE MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION PROGRAMM! developers, developers,developers,developers,developers,developers,developers,developers,developers,developers,developers,developers,developers,developers,developers,developers....

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 Nowhere Man Illinois

I support 1000+ desktops. I have A+, Security+, MCSE(NT,2000) and only 2 tests to earn MCSA/MCSE 2003. I've been working for over 10 years. I've been working for almost three years under a gov contract full time (W2-employee) Salary? $45K.

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 Cynical Optimist

I support 1000+ desktops. I have A+, Security+, MCSE(NT,2000) and only 2 tests to earn MCSA/MCSE 2003. I've been working for over 10 years. I've been working for almost three years under a gov contract full time (W2-employee) Salary? $45K.

Thu, Nov 17, 2011 Jobert FL

I think they forgot to use -.20%.

Thu, Oct 13, 2011 scripteaze shreveport, LA

MCPmag needs to post legit values. Im not sure where they get thier info,but i think hype to promote certifications. The employers need to see these "surveys" not us..

Fri, Oct 7, 2011 Dave Buffalo, NY

The averages are much higher due to the high COLAs in the metro areas of the country. I've been in the industry as a programmer/database developer for 25 years and haven't touched $70 EVER. I've been looking around the Buffalo area for a new job and no one is paying over $55-$60 for a senior developer. Regional breakdowns would be great.

Thu, Sep 22, 2011

Those salary levels are prior to the latest spike in demand for IT professionals, especially developers. My company, KMP Development Corp. is paying much higher than that for long-term project work. More in the line of $120-$140K

Fri, Aug 19, 2011 Rick Houston

Obviously salaries for any job title will vary widely based on organization type & size, job responsibilities, job market in your location, work experience, etc. A major concern of mine is that many certitifications do not translate to more $; in some cases a cert is a red flag. In my case currently I'm Data Manager, Clinical Research for an active research group at a state medical school with 28+ years application development experience. I'm supervising 8 people several at doctorate level. My pay is commensurate with a senior developer although I'm making twice what those who report to me and in fact I'm the second highest paid in our entire department excluding faculty attending physicians.

Thu, Aug 18, 2011 Sys.Admin.Broke South Carolina

Here in rural SC, $80k would be a huge increase for my salary. I'm right around $50k... took a pay cut two years ago, and haven't seen a raise in three years. I'm an MCP, A+ and HP certified, with more than a decade experience. I'd love to see anything near that $80k, but it ain't happenin' round here.

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 Tom Iowa

I have my MCSA and I am not even close to the total listed above no raise in two years and I have twelve years experience

Sun, Aug 14, 2011

I've been in IT 15 years, at my company, a bank in Western PA, about 10. I'm in desktop engineering ( imaging, deployment and 3rd level OS support ), staff, not mgmt. I'm making $62k.

Fri, Aug 5, 2011 Rob

Wow....yaa...right..try living in Michigan and getting even CLOSE to any of those salaries.

Fri, Aug 5, 2011 Ken Texas

Those numbers are high for most of Texas except in the larger cities like DFW, Austin, or Houston. Most all other places in the state, it's barely over 1/2 that.

Wed, Aug 3, 2011 IA

I run an IT organization for a manufacturing company headquartered in the Midwest, and $80k would be very high for a SysAdmin. I can tell you from personal research via Workforce Development in our state, average in the state is $50k - $65k. Lower in rural areas, and higher in metro. Understand that cost of living is significantly reduced in the midwest vs. places like San Francisco as ell. Of the top of my head, I'd bet there is a 20-25% COL differential. At 20% COL increase, $60k in the Midwest is roughly equivalent to $76k San Francisco.

Tue, Aug 2, 2011 Hillsboro, OR

Hmm.. don't think its right.. i make close to $130000 with 10 years exp and that's about average i would think among all my co workers..

Thu, Jul 28, 2011 Phoenix

I would say the average pay is close. I'm out of Phoenix, 24 years in the industry and just shy of $100k per year. Haven't had a pay raise in almost 3 years and bonuses?? what the hell is a bonus? overworked? you bet.

Thu, Jul 28, 2011

I work in the Midwest, and the salary does not reflect the above. The numbers seem high from what I have seen. IT would be nice if you included a break down by region. I think that would be more acurate when one is comparing these numbers against their current pay.thanks.

Wed, Jul 27, 2011 WS Seattle

This isn't "help desk support". It's sys admin. And sys admins or network engineers in Seattle area are definitely making this kind of money - I'm one of them and I fit right in with this demographic. If you want to make a competitive wage, don't work for a non-profit or overly small company (unless it's a well-funded startup). Note also that we are talking about people with over 10 years experience. Help desk is about $20 to $25/hour; net or sys admin is $38 to $48 an hour (as employees - not contractors). And I used to make more than this!

Wed, Jul 27, 2011

As to where people are paid like this: go where the money is banks, oil, insurance etc.

Wed, Jul 27, 2011 San Francisco, CA

High???? You think these salaries are high? Here in the San Francisco bay area if I could get a SysAdmin worth his salt for $73k I would be amazed...

Fri, Jul 8, 2011 Dustin Harper Oregon

Where the heck are people getting 60K+ for help desk support?! Even those I know in Seattle don't make anywhere near that! 50K for a seasoned sys admin, Microsoft + Linux experience is normal. I'm definitely thinking about moving to some higher paid location. We are very undervalued here in the Pacific Northwest! Wait.... I think the results are skewed a bit. Someone put Bill Gates info in there, upping the average quite a bit.

Tue, Jul 5, 2011 Bhupendra Sharma Guwahati, India

Dear Sir/mam, As I am intersted to do the CCNA course; for the same, plz let me informed the basic fee structure and what's the scope after doing so. Thanks, Bhupendra Sharma

Fri, Jul 1, 2011 Charlie Blank DFW

What about the CPAs?

Thu, Jun 30, 2011

This average seems to be on the high of the scale! How many respondents were polled? Where were they located?

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