Forum OpenACS Q&A: sysadmin or motorcycle mechanic?
Here is the math with "only" 300 users:
300 users X $30/m + $30 setup fee each = $117000 /yr
15 users on each machine = 20 machines
20 machines x $2000 per machine = $40,000
space for 20 machines at a decent colo = 1 full cabinet
1 full cabinet + 384K, per month = $1000 ($12,000/yr).
(I'm leaving out a bunch of stuff here (backup system, etc) but this should give you a good idea.)
Thus, with 300 users at $30/m you are making about $65,000 a year....which isn't that bad (but isn't really that good...especially since a good sysadmin can typically make at least $100/hr). For comparison, here is an email exchange I had a while back with an employee of Cal BMW&Triumph motorcycles in Mountain View, California:
>>Rolf Hanson wrote: >> Hi, >> I was wondering, what is a ballpark hourly rate for a BMW tech >> who has zero experience, but has gone through a BMW >> training > >course, like the one at http://www.amiwrench.com ? >> What would >> a tech with 5 years of experience make? >Dear Rolf, > >I will be as helpful as I can. The rates vary widely depending on >what part of the country you are working, ours are among the >highest, but so are our living expenses. I will express wages in >annual income, since the hourly rate is modified by the >efficiency and proficiency of the tech, by bonuses, comeback >charges, etc. >Beginning techs, with above average basic skills, may make >around $28-36K a year. Average techs, with average motivation >but good skills and high reliability (otherwise they can't work >here) make 50K-65K a year. The best of the lot, with high >motivation, creativity, continual re-education, etc. make $85 - >$100K a year including bonuses. I know the range is wide, but >at least you have an idea of what is possible. >Also, in our shop there is health insurance, dental insurance, >paid training, retirement and paid vacation. Not all shops use >the same benefits, so be sure to factor that in as well when you >are comparing wages in different parts of the country.