It depends, I live in Central FL. I’ve worked in multiple positions, starting with IT Department Student Worker, when I was going to college in Maine, to a Data Recovery Analyst, to an IAM Admin, to a Cyber Security Analyst to now a Linux Sys Admin III
Anyway as a student worker I was making around $8/hr, at the two smaller computer repair shops, I made about $10/hr. When I was working in Data Recovery (for only three months, it was a small business, and they needed someone more specilized, than my skill set, however I learned a lot) this was my first salary position, at 30k/yr
After that I got a contract to hire position at a large business in Orlando. When I started working there it was known as the System Access Group, and Job Title was Serice Desk Analyst 2, they later renamed that group to Identity Access Management, and changed the Job title to IAM Administrator, since that was more accurate to the actual position responsibilities. As a contractor I started at $21/hr. After a year, as a contractor, I was hired on full time and went up to $23/hr(it was still an hourly position).
After a year working on that team a position opened on the Network Security Team (now called Cyber Security Team), this position started at $28/hr ( $58,240 and is an “exempt” position, which is basically Salary). After 5 years on the team, through a manager change, a CIO change, Job Title Change, and Team Name Change, I ended up at $73k/yr(below industry average, the company was not for profit, and sadly with not for profit orgs, they often do pay below the industry average).
I recently took a Linux Administrator III at basically the same Salary, which is below other organizations pay for the position in my area. It is a smaller org, they orginally offered 66k/yr. However, I’m only 1mile away from the office so I can walk or ride my bike to work. I get more PTO than in my previous position, and Holidays don’t come out of the accrued PTO balance, and also a seperate Sick leave bucket (Everything came out of the same PTO in my previous position). At my previous position, 40hrs/wk was full time (which is standard I know), and they expected at least 42hrs/wk, if you didn’t put that in the time tracking system, which didn’t even really determine your pay, unless you clocked less than 40hrs and didn’t have PTO to cover it, they’d talk to you manager, and your manager would talk to you, they couldn’t write you up or dock your pay, but it was frustrating. My current position, full time is 37.5hrs/wk, which seems weird, and not much, but it’s nice having an extra 2.5hrs per week where you’re not expected to be working. I’ve only been in the new position for 6 months, everyone across the org got a 2% raise at the end of last year including myself, which boosted me over my previous salary, still close to it though. I plan on either getting a business off the ground in the next 3-5yrs, or hunting for a new position at a new org which whether it’s in Cyber Security or as a senior Linux Sys Admin, should pay a decent bit more.
At this point I have over 10 yrs in the industry, an Associates Degree in programming, and some Certs, the college in Maine, I got a Computer Repair Cert, and got my Associates Degree after Moving to FL, then I did Get CEH, back in 2013, and have maintained it with ECE credits so far, I’m considering letting it lapse this year, but a cert from here, should give me enough credits to renew it if they accept it.
All that being said at least based on Salaries here in Central FL, and I know some people who who have worked as Devs and my own experience with what Salaries are offered in my Area(Central FL), I’d say 60k/yr is decent with 2yrs experience as entry level positions around here seem to start around 20-23/hr. If you stay there for 2-3yrs and you haven’t gotten a pay increase you’re happy with, start looking for a new position. With 4 or 5 years of experience you should be able to request 75-80k easily (at least in Central FL), depending on the state, you could get closer to 100k+ though.
However, like others have said, if you’re making enough to cover your expenses, and you’re happy with what you have after those expenses and you’re happy with your benefits, then it’s enough