Technology salaries have always been pretty decent if you’ve got the right qualifications (think Oracle, Cisco, high-end Microsoft etc), but have they really hit the heights of $80,000 a year being standard for a graduate? According to Fairfax website WA Today, they have — at least in Perth:
“It is now not unusual for university graduates to be offered up to $80,000 for their first job, while those with only a few years experience are receiving well over $100,000 as a project manager, according to acting head of Curtin University’s School of Information Systems Peter Dell.”
The most your writer ever earned as a systems administrator was a humble $35 per hour as a junior Unix systems administrator contractor — which in salary terms works out at around $80k or so, although obviously that assumes you work all year round and don’t take superannuation out of that, and so on and so on. Still, it was a pretty decent rate for someone who wasn’t even out of university, back in 2002, and it compares favourably to the rate which you’ll normally get working as a full-time journalist, although again, contractors can pick up a lot more.
What do you reckon? Is $80k the new $40k?