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Junior Systems Administrator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Junior Systems Administrators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $48K annually nationwide. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Junior Systems Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$38,727 - $63,800
(Median)
$39K
$48K
$64K
MEDIAN: $48,229
10%
50%
90%

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$11.66 - $25.10
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$38,727 - $63,800  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,876  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,889 - $62,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $25.10  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $41.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,876  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$31,889 - $62,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Job Description for Junior Systems Administrator

Junior systems administrators are responsible for handling day-to-day information technology (IT) operations for their organization. They are in charge of assisting system administrators with providing systems support for end users. Junior systems administrators complete support tasks for hardware devices and software packages, help with installation setups, and revise existing documentation guidelines. Other main functions include providing training for teams in other departments, answering technology questions as needed, completing administrative tasks when required, and filling out documentation when requesting new inventory.

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Junior Systems Administrator Tasks

  • Configure, monitor and maintain updated virus protection software, and backup data for emergency recovery.
  • Provide timely technical support for users and work with them to solve existing problems.
  • Administer and maintain systems support for software, hardware and servers: test, troubleshoot, diagnose, and resolve all problems.

Common Career Paths for Junior Systems Administrator


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Many Junior Systems Administrators transition into upper level Systems Administrator positions. Systems Administrators on average earn $54K per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Systems Administrator


Junior Systems Administrators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Help Desk / Desktop Support, VMware ESX, and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 17 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows 2003 Server and Network Management / Administration. Those proficient in Microsoft Active Directory are, more often than not, also skilled in Network Management / Administration.

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Experience Affects Junior Systems Administrator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%


National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Junior Systems Administrator Salaries

Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
up arrow 42%

VMware ESX
up arrow 17%

Linux
up arrow 6%

System Administration
0%

National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Active Directory
up arrow 1%

Windows Support
up arrow 2%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%