Junior Systems Administrator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Junior Systems Administrators earn an average of $48K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Junior Systems Administrators is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$37,139 - $62,524
$37K
$48K
$63K
MEDIAN: $47,856
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50%
90%

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$14.02 - $25.07
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.51
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$0$62K
Salary $37,139 - $62,524
Bonus $99.33 - $4,329
Profit Sharing $1,048
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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$33,017 - $61,098
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 214
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $14.02 - $25.07
Overtime $22.48 - $36.17
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $99.33 - $4,329
Profit Sharing $1,048
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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$33,017 - $61,098
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 106

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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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Advancing into a Systems Administrator role seems to be a popular career move for Junior Systems Administrators, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $56K per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Systems Administrator


Junior Systems Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Help Desk / Desktop Support, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows PowerShell are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 18 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Information Technology Support and Windows 2003 Server as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those familiar with Microsoft Active Directory also tend to know Network Management / Administration.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,107

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Junior Systems Administrators, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Junior Systems Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+23 percent), Denver (+22 percent), Nashville (+16 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). Houston is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (13 percent less) and Pittsburgh (11 percent less).

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Key Stats for Junior Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Junior Systems Administrator Salaries

▲19%

▲11%

National Average
$45,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Junior Systems Administrator Salaries

Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
▲44%

Windows Server 2012 R2
▲18%

Windows PowerShell
▲10%

Network Support
▲10%

Microsoft Exchange
▲9%



Linux
▼0%

VMware ESX
▼0%

National Average
$45,000



Windows 2003 Server
▼3%

Information Technology (IT) Support
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 17%
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