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Old 10-02-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Flower Mound, Texas
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I am currently living in NY and planning to move within year. I have been looking for jobs which I find but they do not list the base salary for the position. I am a Help Desk Analyst. I know the salaries are very different but I would like to have some idea what to expect. If there is anyone in these fields on this board can you give me a heads up on what would be the expected salary. Also what is considered a good salary. Just enough to live comfortable not extravagant. Is having a NY address on my resume an issue?

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Old 10-02-2009, 08:39 AM
 
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Depends on if you are a contractor or an employee.
Contractors usually start at $10 an hour..
Employees $23K to 28K maybe more with experience.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:44 AM
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35k would be considered excellent for an experienced Help Desk technician. 25k-30k would be more realistic. Tampa is not known for its IT base. This coupled with the huge unemployment of technical white collar people means a glut of talent available for cheap. People are willing to take whatever job they can get at this point.

As for base salary to live on? It all depends on your lifestyle. I have friend who lives comfortably on 35k. (100k house w/ 90k mortgage, no car payment, eats out only once in a while, spend the weekends on the beach hanging out.) I also have friends who make 130k combined but can barely make ends meet. (2 newer BMW's, 500k mortgage, huge HOA fees, eat out every night, spend weekends golfing, out at the clubs and out on the town. They live on credit complaining about how hard it is to make the minimum payments ) Basically they live in a fantasy world without any sense of fiscal responsibility. If you are able to live within your means than yes, you can easily get by with a lower salary. It boils down to self discipline.

As for the NY address, it will most likely get your resume kicked out. I would recommend getting a local PO box and a cheap prepaid cell phone, registered in Tampa so you get a local number. You will need to be able to fly to Tampa on short notice if you get interviews. In this market, no one is going to offer relocation or a job to an out of towner, especially in a saturated IT field. I know its not the news you wanted to hear, but Florida is really bad off right now as far as employment is concerned.

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Old 10-02-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Help Desk Analyst? with what type of systems, programs. I haev a friend with Siemans who works from home as a help desk analayst making six fugures, another also as an analyst for consultants to call in, also works from home, for a health care billing company and makes six figures. Another person I know works as a Help Desk Aanlayst with a finacnial services company making over 70k.

Can you descibe a little more about what you do exactly as a Help Desk Analyst.

And Nav hit it ruight on the button as far as a comfy salary...frinds making 35k and enjoying life, friends making 200k and hurting.
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Flower Mound, Texas
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Thank you for this info. I knew it would be low since I make 70k in NY working for a large law firm. I live comfortably. I don't eat out much and watch movies in the comfort of my own home. I hope to be the friends making 35K and enjoy my new life in Florida.
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Flower Mound, Texas
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I mostly help the attorneys with their computer problems. Citrix and MS office, some document formatting. I've been doing helpdesk for a couple of years. I was a Helpdesk Manager previously but major down sizing at my last firm ended that career. I also took what I could it and starting doing Helpdesk phone support again. Its ok, less headaches and stress. I would be happy just being comfortable and I'm no longer looking for the big bucks. I like going home and not having to check Blackberry ever five minutes.

Thanks again for the info.
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Too Far from Florida!
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Great choice, if you keep like this you are going to live for a long time. No stress, wish you the best in FL! My dream
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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Thank you for this info. I knew it would be low since I make 70k in NY working for a large law firm. I live comfortably. I don't eat out much and watch movies in the comfort of my own home. I hope to be the friends making 35K and enjoy my new life in Florida.
Stay with the job Florida is hit hard and now is not the time to move!
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:06 PM
 
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I mostly help the attorneys with their computer problems. Citrix and MS office, some document formatting. I've been doing helpdesk for a couple of years. I was a Helpdesk Manager previously but major down sizing at my last firm ended that career. I also took what I could it and starting doing Helpdesk phone support again. Its ok, less headaches and stress. I would be happy just being comfortable and I'm no longer looking for the big bucks. I like going home and not having to check Blackberry ever five minutes.

Thanks again for the info.
You may actually find a good market for your skills in Florida. There are many small to mid sized firms that can likely use your service and with NY law firm experience you will likely be very desirable. I think your range will be about 50-55K
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:05 PM
 
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What is the salary range and job prospects for a CPA? I work in public accounting now, but would prefer private.

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