Is IT pay in Raleigh low?

Google Idle
Mar 21, 2018 9 Comments

I am trying to move from Atlanta GA to Raleigh NC. I currently make 70k total as a data center technician with 6 years of experience (hardware repair, networking etc).

I have had a few interviews and gotten offers of around $50k with lower benefits. Is that normal for the field and area or am I getting low balled?

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  • Google Techmeme
    Wtf. You work at google and make 70k total? Never heard of that low TC at google.
    Mar 21, 2018 1
    • Google Idle
      OP
      Yes, that's normal for the data centers. Most jobs are level 1-3.
      Mar 21, 2018
  • AT&T / Eng
    DDM2K

    AT&T Eng

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    Optum, Windstream, AT&T, Verizon
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    Raleigh doesn’t have as good a selection of companies you’d be working in DC’s for.

    —Internal—
    Clorox
    First Citizens Bank

    —LEC—
    TW Telecom
    Level3

    —3rd Party—
    Flexential
    TierPoint
    OnRamp

    Anything matching your pay would likely require an RCDD or CDCMP.

    You won’t experience a career jump or quality of life increase moving to Raleigh. CoL is about level in the cities-proper but for your specialty I’m going to say Atlanta has better selection and cheaper suburbs.
    Mar 21, 2018 2
  • AT&T / Eng
    DDM2K

    AT&T Eng

    PRE
    Optum, Windstream, AT&T, Verizon
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    Your best hope for ATL is AT&T IDC Technical Specialist”. (Lithia Springs)

    Rack & stack but you’re union and top out at $41/hr.

    Management is incredibly hands off and your #1 job is to be present.
    Mar 21, 2018 1
    • Google Idle
      OP
      Lithia springs is the Atlanta area, I'm trying to leave here.
      Mar 21, 2018
  • Oracle karl_fog
    If 70k is your base in Atlanta, then you are overpaid for a DC tech. But you said total so not sure whats the base. 5ok base is a little low. I know entry level engineers make 70k base in RTP. With 6 years technician experience, you should make the same or just a little more maybe !
    Mar 21, 2018 1
    • Google Idle
      OP
      Base is 45k, the rest is stock/bonus/overtime.
      Mar 21, 2018