Hiring Sr. Sysadmin

Steven Alligood steve at bluehost.com
Thu Aug 16 10:27:36 MDT 2007

1) This is a salary chart for sys admin, not senior sys admin.

2) Quite frankly, if you are only paying the 50th percentile for your 
sys admin, senior admin, etc, then they are either intentionally under 
qualified for your position and you hope they will grow into it, or you 
are deluding yourself that a great admin will work for you at 50th 
percentile pay, and you then end up with the guy that is under qualified 
and you just don't know it.


Robert Merrill wrote:
> For that job description Dan posted, with 5yrs experience?  I agree
> hand's down on a $60K minimum.  I could see someone trying to squeeze
> it down to $55K.  The key points for me are:
> - this person must be "Self-educating. Self-managing.
> Self-motivating". Rare & valuable.
> - good Linux sysadmin experience, by itself is hard to come by, let
> alone in 100+ machine datacenters.
> - Dan is asking for 3 flavors of Linux, PLUS mass-configuration PLUS
> virtualization PLUS PERL PLUS Oracle AND MySQL AND Postgresql.
> ... it's the nuances that get you... all those little forks off the
> trunk are what separates the men from the boys (or, of course, women
> from the girls, hackers from the script-kiddies... whatever adult
> versus kid metaphors you want).
> Btw, Salary.com shows $60K right about at the 50th %ile for the
> generic "System Administrator" title: http://tinyurl.com/ypw89b
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