I don't even like it when my dad asks me this question, which he seems to ask about as frequently as "When are you going to get married?" or "We're not getting any younger. When are we going to get some grandchildren?" I hear this question every other time I call home.

Even if someone does ask me "what does a typical network administrator make?", I always say I'm not typical. Perhaps my vocation is unusual, but it is not very difficult to know the market averages, by region, so I tell them the norms for Atlanta by experience, and explain that ability and salesmanship can vault an individual well past the norm.