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 $47K annually nationwide. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,714 - $62,152
(Median)
$37K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $47,168
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50%
90%

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$12.11 - $25.87
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,714 - $62,152  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $4,849  
Profit Sharing
$1,650  
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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$32,684 - $61,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $25.87  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $44.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$197.27 - $4,849  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,650  
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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$32,684 - $61,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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.

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Junior Systems Administrators who move on to become Systems Administrators may enjoy significant pay raises, as Systems Administrators get paid an average of $55K per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Systems Administrator


Survey results imply that Junior Systems Administrators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Help Desk / Desktop Support and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Those listing Information Technology Support as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows 2003 Server and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Microsoft Active Directory indicates knowledge of Network Management / Administration.

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Experience Affects Junior Systems Administrator Salaries



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%

Network Support
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Active Directory
0%

Linux
0%

National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 1%

System Administration
up arrow 3%

Windows Support
up arrow 3%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 5%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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