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AM I worth what I am making?

by 10yearitguy / February 22, 2014 10:57 PM PST

I have been in IT now for 10 years, I have a few certifications from Microsoft. I have worked with everything from desktop support from Windows 98 to Windows 8.1, server support, VMware, Citrix, networking, etc.

However, I can't seem to get a salary above $40K a year, I am in Canada, what am I doing wrong?

I feel that after 10 years and with my experience, I should be making more money...

Should I switch my career to Linux admin or rogramming, or stick with Microsoft administration.

I just started a new job at $38000 a year, after 3 months it goes up to $40, then after I get 2012 MS certifications as enterprise admin, it goes up to $43.

But I would like to be making closer to 60-70K a year, what do I have to do to geth there?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


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I feel nothing wrong here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2014 11:18 PM PST

It's a side effect of market forces. At our office we have no IT staff because we are a bunch of programmers that are well seasoned. We can step aside to let Joe, Jane or Robby to do what is needed and move forward. So in our size endeavor you would need to do more than the usual IT staffer.

There's also the issue of many folk that went for the IT career so a glut of folk to do that work. This will depress the wages. Fix? Do more than IT.

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Its an employers world now
by Willy / February 23, 2014 1:08 AM PST

Excluding any high density area of IT or super needs, typical IT people do what is offered and hope for more. In other words make yourself as capable as possible and make it known that you're more than a certain level. If you're on the h/w side of things that's going as far as anyone can be, but once on the s/w side those weenies can use more of the grey matter to get the job done. It's not that any IT aren't capable, but overall IT has been pushed as the job area to be at. A glut of IT people is typical now and many do enter the market take less or offered less and as I posted, the employer has the say in much of this. You'll find more is being asked of less IT people than ever before maybe even outsourced, so take it all with a a grain of salt. Get what you can from some employer and use advanced certificates or learning you can recoup costs or garner from and use it for the next job or not. Understand from what I've learned, *ALL jobs are temporary* you can be let go anytime. You may find having a job and security is better than getting more $Can.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Interesting responses, Thank You...
by 10yearitguy / February 23, 2014 2:07 AM PST

Partly the reason I need to earn more than 38-45K / year is because I have a wife & 2 kids, soon to be 3, to support, my wife lost her job recently, and doing it on my salary alone is hard....

I would like more clarification on do more than I have been thinking of getting into programming.

Money means more to me than job security right now, for this reason I have been looking at contract work which seems to pay more.

But my wife prefers a more stable job for me, so I don't mind, but would like the salary to match.

SO I am thinking of rogramming.

Thanks for the great advice.

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