Junior Systems Administrator Salary
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.
|Salary||$36,239 - $61,475|
|Bonus||$242.40 - $5,106|
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|$33,619 - $60,948|
|Hourly Rate||$14.32 - $25.43|
|Overtime||$22.63 - $37.28|
|Bonus||$242.40 - $5,106|
|Total Pay (||$33,619 - $60,948|
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.Read More...
Junior systems administrators work on removing security threats and malware from company systems, as well as trace network failures and research possible solutions. They assist other systems staff when deploying new software and upgrade installations. Junior systems administrators also complete regular backups and perform data recovery, assist in workstation life cycle rotations, monitor servers, work with other administrators to minimize downtime, and prevent data corruption. They also provide remote support and escalate issues to supervisors as needed. When handling financial or identity data, administrators must follow specific company procedures.
A bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, or a related field is necessary for this position. Previous experience in a systems administrator capacity - as well as additional industry and software certifications are a plus - may be required or preferred. Junior systems administrators must possess strong interpersonal skills to explain system issues to non-technical personnel. In addition, they must be able to prioritize work and multitask in a fast paced environment. They should pay close attention to detail and have strong problem solving abilities as well.
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
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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