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Salaries for women in IT

By Rural Techie ·
I am a woman in my 40s currently studying for my MCSE in W2K, with the aim of changing careers from Exec. Assistant to Network Engineer or Administrator over the next year. I currently do minor network admin for our LAN and have a background of 10+ years of basic PC troubleshooting and hardware/software installation. I'd like to hear from those of you (especially women Tech Rep. members) who have knowledge or experience in what the IT market is paying women, compared to men with the same credentials. I am in rural upstate NY, and will look for employment in Ithaca (pop. 22,000; home of Cornell Univ. and a growing high-tech industrial park) or Syracuse (pop. 150,000).

Thanks for your input!

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by nowpc In reply to Salaries for women in IT

I live in Yorkshire, England, so believe me I think it's pretty important to point out that location is as great a factor as gender when it comes to fee negotiation.

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I'm not a woman but I am a manager

by James R Linn In reply to Salaries for women in IT

Having worked for organizations between 3500 and 65000 employees, I can say that large scale employers do not systemically descriminate between men and women. That is to say some departments may still have descrimination but on a company wide basis it doesn't happen. The smaller the company though, the more chance you can have systemic descrimination.

Large companies, like the one who employees me, have a salary range for each job classification. New hires will tend to be at the bottom of the level. Good employees tend to rise up the range faster and/or break through to the next level. Most large companies will give you the range if you ask. Mine publishes it on the Intranet.

Where you might face some descrimination is age. Many employees look at Network engineer candidates as someone they would invest in, and spend some effort in retaining. They like younger people they can mold. I would suggest you try and overcome this with a youthful attitude and openess to new ways of doingthings.

I wish you luck. If you have any followup questions, I'd be glad to answer.


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Here's my input

by mlayton In reply to Salaries for women in IT

I started out 10 years ago, pretty much the same as you: as an admin assistant who was not afraid of computers so therefore was put in charge of the LAN. I received some training and voila, was network admin. That was at a non-profit organization in CT. Since then, I went to work in the telecom industry and am now at a security software company. The problem I found was not so much being a female, but that small companies owned by older men have a skewed version of what they could pay people. In addition, there was a great "you're a glorified secretary" attitude from people who really don't understand computers - remember that when it is working fine, they think you have nothing to do but are just sitting there, ignoring the fact it takes work to keep things working fine. I think you can overcome all of this by a positive attitude and a willingness to train management to understand what it takes to keep a network running. It really helps at budget time, too. If you can, take one or two classes on how to train employees, etc. so that you know how to answer their questions helpfully and positively, you will earn more respect that way. But to answer your first question, I started at $22,000 in 1992 - I have continued training, gotten my masters and CISSP (training courses every year help to keep you updated) and am making 6 figures now.

Good luck.

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