Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Junior Systems Administrators earn an average of $47K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,239 - $61,475
$36K
$47K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,964
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50%
90%

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$14.32 - $25.43
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.88
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,239 - $61,475  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$33,619 - $60,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $25.43  
   
Overtime
$22.63 - $37.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$242.40 - $5,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$33,619 - $60,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Junior Systems Administrator


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Junior Systems Administrators might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Systems Administrator, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $56K per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Systems Administrator


Survey takers working as Junior Systems Administrators report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Help Desk / Desktop Support, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Network Support are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 18 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Information Technology Support as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows 2003 Server and Windows Support also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Microsoft Active Directory also know Network Management / Administration.

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Key Stats for Junior Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
066
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Junior Systems Administrator Salaries



National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Junior Systems Administrator Salaries

Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
up arrow 43%

Windows Server 2012 R2
up arrow 18%

Network Support
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 8%

VMware ESX
up arrow 3%


National Average
$45,000


Linux
up arrow 1%



Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 4%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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