IT Salary Tracker: Solaris professionals

Solaris professionals, see how much demand there is for your skills, and find out what you can command for salaries and contract rates.

Solaris professionals

Sun Microsystems' Solaris 8 software, touted as the dot-com grade operating system, has garnered a pile of hype in recent months. Part of the reason is that application service providers, the latest start-up wunderkinds and venture capital magnets, are frequently picking Solaris over Windows NT/2000 to support their applications. This is very good news for Sun. In mid-March 2000, International Data Corp. found that ASP sales will increase more than 20-fold by 2004, to $7.8 billion, so if Solaris remains popular, its potential gain in market share is enormous. Naturally, this also means that technology professionals familiar with the UNIX-based operating system may turn out to be some of the most coveted in the IT pantheon. So here's a look at the current salaries and contract rates available to those of you with Solaris know-how.

Dice.com, our sister site and an Internet job board for IT professionals, contained 572 job openings for IT pros with Solaris experience in March 2000. The overall average salary was $82,000 per year, and the average contract wage was $68 an hour. Compensation was highest in San Francisco, where salaried Solaris pros made $95,000 per year, and contractors pulled in $107 an hour. We should mention, however, that there were a larger than normal number of senior-level positions available in San Francisco, driving the average up a bit.

Results are based on averages or totals from the following information at dice.com: salary, job type, job skills, and location. --Zach Rodgers

  • Highest salary by city (average):
    San Francisco, $95,000 yearly salary

  • Highest hourly contract rate by city (average):
    San Francisco, $107 per hour

  • Distribution of jobs by city:
    Greatest number in New York, 27%

    Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker
    Solaris professionals: salaries by city

    Solaris professionals: Salaries by city

    Source: Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker/March 2000

    Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker
    Solaris professionals: hourly contract rates by city

    NetWare professionals: contract rates by city

    Source: Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker/March 2000

    Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker
    Solaris professionals: distribution of jobs by city

    NetWare professionals: distribution of jobs by city

    Source: Datamation/dice.com IT Salary Tracker/March 2000

    Chart data compiled by Laurie Souza.






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