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How much I'm worth

By amylou ·
I have been asked by one of the support managers to give them a cost on replacing myself. I'm assuming she is just looking from a tech support aspect. I run a small site and do NT Admin, PBX/VM Admin, Security Admin, Phone service (carrier) authorization.. I think I'm underpaid anyway. How do you analyze a Jack-of-IT job?

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market price

by shiny_topadm In reply to How much I'm worth

I'm very familiar with the Jack-of-IT description. It seems common in small to mid-size companies (like the one that I work for!). The biggest problem is to try and coordinate job title with job responsibilities, education, geographic location, etc. I've never been able to reconcile what I am paid with those periodic 'salary surveys' (I always find myself at the low end of the scale). If what you are paid is adequate for you, and the company can 'afford' you, then that's OK. If they have toreplace any or or all the functions that you perform, it will cost more money. I would check on 'outsourcing' prices (on some specific fundtions) from a couple of different vendors. That should answer the question given you and possibly provide some data to back up your request for a raise! Good luck...

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There's more

by lance.gillis In reply to How much I'm worth

Don't forget to include the value of knowing their business and the time it would take for a new person to "catch on".

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Personal Worth

by timwalsh In reply to How much I'm worth

You could approach this from 2 different directions:

How much would it cost to hire a different person for each of the functions you perform?
You can get some of the figures you need by searching the tech-related help wanted ads in your area to see what other companies are willing to pay for similar positions. You can also look for salary surveys in some of the magazines/newspapers specific to various tech areas.

The second way to approach this is a lot more subjective. Since I have have never seen a job description for Jack-of-all-Trades (even though I too perform this function) and since most of us have accumulated experience in this type of job over time (there isn't any type of school or certification course for it), you need to look at:
1. The likelihood of finding someone else with your level of experience in the multitude of areas you work in (i.e. what is your uniqueness?);
2. Cost (time and effort) of trying to find someone else to fill your shoes (i.e. how many HR people will need to look for a replacement and how long will it take?);
3. Impact on business during the time you or a replacement aren't on the job (i.e. if no one is doing your job, what suffers?);
4. Cost (time) to train a replacement on how your business operates (i.e. how unique is your particular company's business processes?).
All 4 of these questions can be very subjective.

Good luck with your quandary!

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pay the position not the person

by Adrian Smith In reply to How much I'm worth

I too am a Jack-of-IT person - and wondered the same question. I have talked to numerous head hunters over the years and most say the same thing - the company should pay for the position (or tasks being done) not the person. Now in your case you fit numerous positions so that is much tougher - I suggest this: take the lowest postion you do (IT help desk) and the highest position, lets say IT Director and average their salaries - in my opinion: $25,000 + $70,000 / 2 = $50,000.00. So I would say that if you are close to this (give or take 15%) then you are doing ok and the company is getting value for their money as well.

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I did the same thing

by zlitocook In reply to How much I'm worth

But I was called a computer technician. Now thats a general term. There are a lot of places on the net to see how much your worth but most go by what you are called. I.E. computer tech, network tech. ect. But most of us do alot more. Thats the reason the companys we work for give us a lower lable. Iwould do as the other suggested and look up one job at a time and then use a excel type form to show what you do compaired to what you are paid. But I was told that it does not apply because I accepted the extra work :)

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Sounds like the making of a RFQ

by dinotech In reply to How much I'm worth

It might be more than what you need to do, but tell your "team leader" (there are no bosses any more, right? ;-/) that you will research it and get back to him or her within a couple of weeks. If the person asks you why you need more time, tell them it is to give you the best answer possible and that you will have something in writing.

You see, those english classes you took in high school and college probably covered proposals and executive reports. So use the tool and really show an effort for giving your boss, ahem, team leader the closest answer possible. I recommend Kitty O'Locker's Business Communications book; its a college text but she does cover proposals well.

Some people might think its brown-nosing, but I think if theyare looking to cut costs, or just looking to compare outsourcing some of your tasks, you will save them some time and effort in research. That is always a plus with most companies.


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Look at billable hours

by tom In reply to Sounds like the making of ...

I was working for a tech service before I was hired on to the position I am now at. My company was tired of paying the high costs of billable hours and found it more cost effective to finally bring someone like me on staff. That was two years ago. I was able to create my own position and I did absolutely everything remotely related to IT work. What happened was in two years they went from archaic to cutting edge. So when they ask me how much I am worth I look at how many billable hours a month it would cost them to maintain their current network. I also point out how many different service people it would take. Once that information is brought to their attention they are once again appreciative of me. As for raises and bonuses. . .so far so good.

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A way to make a career

by dinotech In reply to Look at billable hours by showing that you are worth several people that would require premium payment for what you do.

As I start my new business in technical services, I hope to be able to provide the same level of support. It requires hard work and a lot of time, but in two years your company has changed for the better. Kudos tom

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