I don't even know how to make a better subject to convey this, but I've been wondering for quite a while what pay scale works out to for each different administration type field (I have very little idea what development type jobs pay). And I don't mean specific $$$, but just where different jobs are in relation to each other. This is what I've generally come up with: helpdesk/phone support desktop support windows server/linux server unix (hpux, solaris, aix) admin storage admin dba obviously this isn't an individual thing because i've certainly run into great windows admins who make a lot of money and there are huge ranges depending on if you're talking entry to mid to senior levels, but this is something that seems to work on average. as someone described it to me once, you get paid more as you get closer to controlling the critical data. there are tons of desktops, not any of which is usually critical. there are a lot of windows servers, most of which aren't all that critical either (file servers, email - important, but not critical, application servers). there are a bunch of UNIX servers, a good portion of which aren't critical (web servers, app servers), but a bunch which will be mission critical (database servers). there are generally very few storage arrays which hold all of the critical databases (and are depended upon for most critical apps). then there are the databases themselves. while a linux admin isn't in theory that far from a unix admin, i never found the places looking for linux admins will to or able to pay as much as the places that focus more on unix. also, i still find linux more used for web and app servers. so, what do you think? am i off?