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 VB.net, ASP.net, 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: Packarai - 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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