Sysadmins in big demand
CIO Institute study finds annual salary increases of over 15% the norm
Those in the systems management profession, as well as those reliant upon systems administrators, have long-known their value as the keystone of a networked organization. Their doctor-like ability keeps healthy systems well and makes sick systems better.
The survey gleaned results from 1,599 active systems administrators and security professionals from around the world. The average reported salary is $57,346.
|Alaska & Hawaii||$49,550|
|Source: CIO Institute|
The survey noted that demand for systems management skills is not uniform. The New York/Boston area and San Francisco/San Jose area in the United States are reporting the highest salaries. Fergus Poole, a Unix systems administrator in San Francisco says, "When I lived in Washington D.C., I had a lot of problems finding systems administration jobs. I'm much more employable in the Bay Area."
Those in Europe and South America reported the lowest average salary (approximately $44,000 and $36,000 respectively).
The survey also noted that the substantially higher percentage increases in the higher salary categories (above $70,000) reflects fear that senior people will not be able to be replaced if they are lost.
More education completed equals more dollars earned, according to the survey. The gap in salary between men and women is most notable in those who describe themselves as having some education. Men in this category earn an average of almost $10,000 per year more than women.
Allan Paller of the CEO Institute says universities should note the survey results and consider implementing work/study programs so future systems administrators can increase their employability.
The survey also gave respondents a chance to write about what employers should do to keep their best people. The most common responses include:
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