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Does anyone would like to share the salary range for a Sr. Systems Administrator who is primarily responsible for the main data center? We plan to have a VMware virtualized data center with about 50 VMs. The major responsibilities include VM configuration and management, storage configuration and management, and network configuration and management, in addition to software and hardware vendor selections. We are a liberal arts college and planning for a data center for 1000-1200 FTE enrollment. Other responsibilities include firewall/enterprise security, WiFi management, etc. The job description/responsibilities and the salary range would be most useful. But, any helpful info would be greatly appreciated. If necessary, you may respond off line. Thanks.

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Kanaka Kumara
kumara@eureka.edu
IT Services
Eureka College, IL

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There are two salary surveys relevant to higher ed that I find useful:

One is HEITS:  http://heits.org/   The participant numbers are moderate (and more participation is always welcome) but the data perspective alternatives and detailed descriptions are very useful.  You can compare by region, by type of university, by urban versus rural, etc.

The other is likely used by your HR department:  CUPA  http://www.cupahr.org/   The job titles are sort of unidentified globs that stay static over time for consistent comparisons.  You may have to do some review for good matches.  The value is that your HR department will likely agree with what you find.

Theresa

In addition to the Heits and CUPA salary Surveys, you might also want to look at regional IT salary surveys as well. Because we compete with the rest of the world looking for IT staff, it is good to understand how your institutional salaries compare to the market and adjust accordingly if possible. One of the surveys I have used that provides regional information is Dice.com. Also CIO magazine does a pretty good job of summarizing major position salaries both by region and in sector. Tom Thomas H. Carnwath Vice President Technology and Information Services Hamilton Hall 320 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 Tel: 215-717-6440 [cid:1C57C69E-1B92-4D05-AEB9-4BE9289EEE2D] Need Assistance? Call Oops (215-717-6677) to get answers. OTIS will never ask for your personal information or password in an email. Never share this information with anyone. This message and any attachment may contain confidential or privileged information and is intended for the intended individual named as addressee. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender immediately by return email and delete this message and all attachments from your system. Any unauthorized disclosure, use, distribution, or reproduction of this message or any attachments is prohibited and may be deemed unlawful. Please consider the environment before printing this email. From: Kanaka Kumara > Reply-To: EDUCAUSE Listserv > To: EDUCAUSE Listserv > Subject: [CIO] Sr. Systems Admin Salary Range Hello All, Does anyone would like to share the salary range for a Sr. Systems Administrator who is primarily responsible for the main data center? We plan to have a VMware virtualized data center with about 50 VMs. The major responsibilities include VM configuration and management, storage configuration and management, and network configuration and management, in addition to software and hardware vendor selections. We are a liberal arts college and planning for a data center for 1000-1200 FTE enrollment. Other responsibilities include firewall/enterprise security, WiFi management, etc. The job description/responsibilities and the salary range would be most useful. But, any helpful info would be greatly appreciated. If necessary, you may respond off line. Thanks. -- Kanaka Kumara kumara@eureka.edu IT Services Eureka College, IL ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Salaries for tech positions vary greatly by location. Many Sr. Sys Admins in Austin make over $100K. So we are running with the big dogs – Google, IBM, Dell, Facebook. You get the idea. The duties that you have presented are a full plate. Unless you find a super person, he/she will have to work real hard to do a good job in all of those areas. Also, finding someone with all of those skills will be very difficult. When we filled a job about a year ago we had to offer much more than we thought we would. There are mitigating factors, however. If your school is an area where such jobs are rare and there is a faculty partner who is an admin, you can probably pay less. To maintain privacy, I can’t put the number in this message. Let’s just say that it was competitive in the Austin job market. Good luck. Bob — Bob Paver rcp@thepavers.net As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. - Henry David Thoreau -
We are a liberal arts college but with our grad programs we are in the 4,500 fte range (2,200 undergraduates). We have about 100 VMs and we are in a very low cost of living area. This position is in the mid-50s to low 60s for our area. CUPA is good but the HEITS gives specific information based on location, type of institution, size, etc. so I often use both when looking to make salary justifications. Curtis Curtis White Vice President, Information Technology Ashland University www.ashland.edu Ph: 419.289.5777 Cell: 419.606.3582 Skype: cltrwhite
Institutions that have contributed to the Core Data Survey may download CUPA-HR salary tables for 50 IT positions. The tables provide salary medians, averages, minimums, and maximums for four major institutional types (associates, bachelors, masters, and doctorals). You may also access these data if you contribute to the 2012 Core Data Survey, which is open for data collection now (through July 13). -Susan Susan Grajek Vice President for Data, Research & Analytics EDUCAUSE Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good http://educause.edu 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 202-331-5350 (phone) sgrajek@educause.edu From: , Thomas > Reply-To: EDUCAUSE Listserv > Date: Monday, July 2, 2012 12:45 PM To: EDUCAUSE Listserv > Subject: Re: [CIO] Sr. Systems Admin Salary Range In addition to the Heits and CUPA salary Surveys, you might also want to look at regional IT salary surveys as well. Because we compete with the rest of the world looking for IT staff, it is good to understand how your institutional salaries compare to the market and adjust accordingly if possible. One of the surveys I have used that provides regional information is Dice.com. Also CIO magazine does a pretty good job of summarizing major position salaries both by region and in sector. Tom Thomas H. Carnwath Vice President Technology and Information Services Hamilton Hall 320 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 Tel: 215-717-6440 [cid:1C57C69E-1B92-4D05-AEB9-4BE9289EEE2D] Need Assistance? Call Oops (215-717-6677) to get answers. OTIS will never ask for your personal information or password in an email. Never share this information with anyone. This message and any attachment may contain confidential or privileged information and is intended for the intended individual named as addressee. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender immediately by return email and delete this message and all attachments from your system. Any unauthorized disclosure, use, distribution, or reproduction of this message or any attachments is prohibited and may be deemed unlawful. Please consider the environment before printing this email. From: Kanaka Kumara > Reply-To: EDUCAUSE Listserv > To: EDUCAUSE Listserv > Subject: [CIO] Sr. Systems Admin Salary Range Hello All, Does anyone would like to share the salary range for a Sr. Systems Administrator who is primarily responsible for the main data center? We plan to have a VMware virtualized data center with about 50 VMs. The major responsibilities include VM configuration and management, storage configuration and management, and network configuration and management, in addition to software and hardware vendor selections. We are a liberal arts college and planning for a data center for 1000-1200 FTE enrollment. Other responsibilities include firewall/enterprise security, WiFi management, etc. The job description/responsibilities and the salary range would be most useful. But, any helpful info would be greatly appreciated. If necessary, you may respond off line. Thanks. -- Kanaka Kumara kumara@eureka.edu IT Services Eureka College, IL ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
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