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Junior Systems Administrator Salary

The average Junior Systems Administrator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Junior Systems Administrators is high. There are far more male Junior Systems Administrators survey respondents than women, making up 88 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$37,296 - $62,841
(Median)
$37K
$48K
$63K
MEDIAN: $47,791
10%
50%
90%

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$11.07 - $25.25
(Median)
$11
$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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$37,296 - $62,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,926  
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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$32,055 - $61,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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.
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $25.25  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $44.64  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,926  
   
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).
)
$32,055 - $61,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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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 move into Systems Administrator roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $55K per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Systems Administrator


Survey results imply that Junior Systems Administrators put a diverse skill set to use. 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, 19 percent, and 5 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. Those familiar with Microsoft Active Directory also tend to know 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 19%

Linux
up arrow 5%

National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Active Directory
up arrow 1%

Windows Support
up arrow 1%

System Administration
up arrow 2%

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 31 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%
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