What Are You Worth?
I received a Letter to the Editor recently from a Sacramento, Calif.-based IT professional who specialized in project management. In his message, he asked what his experience and certification would be worth on the job market outside of his hometown. I advised the reader that he needed to consider not only his potential salary increases or decreases, but also the cost of living in the places he had thought about relocating to. He might lose income by moving to, say, Des Moines, Iowa, yet find his purchasing power dramatically increases.
Before opting for a move, though, it’s helpful to have an idea of the dollar value of your educational and professional background. It’s not an easy thing to quantify, but the CertMag Salary Calculator comes pretty darn close. This service is available to all our CertMag.com members and is very easy to use: All you have to do is enter your primary certification (or one you’re thinking about getting), how many years of experience you have, and the area you live in or are contemplating as a new home. Then hit the “Calculate Salary” button. Let’s say I have an MCSE and five years of experience, and I live in Washington, DC. According to the Salary Calculator, I should be making a base income of $73,019.44. Cool, huh? So if you’re aren’t already registered, sign up to be a CertMag.com member, then go to http://www.certmag.com/salarycalculator/ today to find out if you’re making what you ought to.