I start a new job on the 21st as an IT Assitant (I'll move up to status of System Administrator). Starting is $13/hr, roughly $32K a year plus benefits. This is on nothing more than a high school diploma and an A+ certification. The fact that I graduated from the Cisco Networking Academy also helps. As for hourly rates while free lancing, I charge $35/hr, partly because of my age. In a few years I'll charge $60/hr.
It's a cool field to get into, if you know what to study and where to go.
the fact that you have cisco training is what matters, not the A+
also i didn't see anything about experience with a+ certificaton, just that you passed a test. I have worked with paper engineers (certified up the wazoo) but with no experience, fail in the real world, best to have both, companies like the certs but experience keeps you woking.