[OPINION] Best place in the US for NetAdmins

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Mon Jul 28 01:14:41 UTC 2014

On Sat, 26 Jul 2014, Scott Weeks wrote:
> "Annual Mean Wage of Network and Computer Systems
> Administrators by State, May 2013"
> is surprising, though.  The numbers are much lower than
> I would expect.

As always, the survey definitions (and footnotes) are important.  The 
survey shows the relative relationship better than the absolute numbers. 
Of course, there are exceptions.

I expect people following NANOG are more likely senior

 	Computer Network Architects,
 	Computer and Information Systems Managers, or
 	Computer and Information Research Scientists

rather than specialists or administrators.  They are also likely to have 
compensation packages in addition to wages.

Companies may provide free lunches and dinners to encourage employees to
stay at the office longer hours.  Tech venture capital firms often want 
their investments close by Sand Hill Road, not in the mid-west fly over
country.  Large multi-national firms are sometimes more used to a 
disperse workforce than a small startup firm.  Every situation is 
different.  It all depends on what you are looking for, and consider

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