Am I being paid enough to be an IT Technician?

I work for a multimillion dollar manufacturing company that machines parts for the jet engine and power generation industries. We are a branch of the main company and are located in Northern Michigan with approximately 200 employees. Our computer environment has approximately 150 computers/laptops, 10 smart phones, 10 printers, etc. For data entry in our production environment, we have custom VBA written code for Excel. We work with over 1,000 parts. There are 2 of us in the IT department, and we share the responsibilities listed below. My primary tasks are: PC Maintenance - repair machine/printers/phones/etc that need fixing, reinstall operating systems, install software, keep the systems up to date. Tech support - answer calls and walk ins for anything needed. Permissions set on a shared drives, drivers installed, software installed, printers configured, fixing issues with corporate created programs, etc. Software development - have created most corporate programs and am in the process of creating various programs for different tasks utilizing,, Classic ASP, SQL, MySQL, MS VBA, etc. Domain administration with active directory - user account administration, group policies, etc Server administration - configured / installed / maintain the domain controllers, exchange, financial server (Epicor ERP), WSUS, Vipre, Zenith BDR. Network configuration - RUCKUS wireless system with 6 Access Points, 7x 48 port-gigabyte switches, and the maintenance associated with that. I am responsible for helping the IT departments at other facilities integrate our custom programs into their systems if they like what we've made. I usually do this via email, but site visits are sometimes required to work out the details. I am 26 years old, have been working with computers since I was 12, live in Northern Michigan, do not have a college degree and am making $12.00/hour. Should I be asking for a raise? Move somewhere warmer? I have no idea what people with similar skill sets are making and am curious if I could be making substantially more or if I should be happy with what I have. Thank you.

Asked By: - 3/7/2012
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Answered By: Richard L - 3/7/2012
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It sounds like you have programming skills, server administration skills, and network administration skills. This is a solid skill set in technology. While you can probably get a raise where you are, Michigan is not a competitive market for technology and has a very limited number of technology jobs... More
Answered By: Thomas - 3/7/2012
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