This past week, I was asked about salary surveys in our Houston Admin User Group.
In my opinion, unless a reasonable amount of specific details showing the data points are also included, the salaries stated should be taken with some caution.
Stating every Developer should make at least X and every Admin should make at least Y, makes little sense.
There’s many variables at play that making blanket statements causes more questions to be asked.
Now, if the results had details that stated: Admin Group A included those living in greater New York City, working for Fortune 500 Financial Services companies being in the office daily for 2+ years with 4 years prior experience supporting an Enterprise level Sales org with 600+ users along with 2 other admins classified by org complexity made between X and Y as a base salary, that could help put some more context to compare against.
I realize the above example is a stretch and even then, there may be some variance.
My point is, every situation, employer, role and responsibility is unique. Please keep this in mind when viewing salary surveys with emphasis on the term “average”.