Junior Systems Administrator Salary

Junior Systems Administrators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $48K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Junior Systems Administrators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Junior Systems Administrators (89 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,860 - $62,553
(Median)
$37K
$48K
$63K
MEDIAN: $47,675
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90%

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$11.66 - $25.72
(Median)
$12
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$36,860 - $62,553  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,963  
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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$32,710 - $62,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $25.72  
   
Overtime
$15.38 - $44.09  
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.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,963  
   
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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$32,710 - $62,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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 earn a median of $55K per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Systems Administrator


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 21 percent, respectively. Those listing Information Technology Support as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows 2003 Server and Network Support also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Microsoft Active Directory tend to be well versed in 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 21%

Microsoft Active Directory
0%

Windows Support
0%

National Average
$46,000

System Administration
up arrow 1%

Linux
up arrow 1%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%

Network Support
up arrow 4%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 5%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 12%
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