Junior Systems Administrator Salary
Men represent the vast majority of Junior Systems Administrators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $47K per year nationwide. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Junior Systems Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$36,436 - $61,696|
|Bonus||$125.00 - $4,300|
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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).)
|$34,191 - $61,152|
|Hourly Rate||$14.50 - $25.63|
|Overtime||$22.56 - $36.51|
|Bonus||$125.00 - $4,300|
|Total Pay (||$34,191 - $61,152|
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
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 Windows PowerShell are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 18 percent, and 10 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. Most people familiar with Microsoft Active Directory also know Network Management / Administration.
Pay Difference by Location
New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Junior Systems Administrators, 32 percent above the national average. Junior Systems Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+22 percent), Denver (+21 percent), Nashville (+16 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (13 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (12 percent lower).
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