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.
|Salary||$37,139 - $62,524|
|Bonus||$99.33 - $4,329|
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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).)
|$33,017 - $61,098|
|Hourly Rate||$14.02 - $25.07|
|Overtime||$22.48 - $36.17|
|Bonus||$99.33 - $4,329|
|Total Pay (||$33,017 - $61,098|
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.
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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
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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