Men make up the majority of Junior Systems Administrators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $47K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$36,477 - $61,278
(Median)
$36K
$47K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,542
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90%

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$14.13 - $25.62
(Median)
$14
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,477 - $61,278  
   
Bonus
$187.50 - $4,650  
Profit Sharing
$1,650  
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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$33,683 - $60,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.13 - $25.62  
   
Overtime
$22.66 - $37.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$187.50 - $4,650  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,650  
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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$33,683 - $60,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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.

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Junior Systems Administrators who move on to become Systems Administrators may enjoy significant pay raises, as Systems Administrators get paid an average of $56K per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Systems Administrator


Junior Systems Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 44 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Information Technology Support and Windows 2003 Server as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people experienced in Microsoft Active Directory also know Network Management / Administration.

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Experience Affects Junior Systems Administrator Salaries



National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Junior Systems Administrator Salaries

Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
up arrow 44%

Windows Server 2012 R2
up arrow 11%

Network Support
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Microsoft Exchange
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VMware ESX
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Microsoft Active Directory
up arrow 1%

Linux
0%

National Average
$45,000

System Administration
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Network Management / Administration
up arrow 1%

Windows Support
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Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 4%

Information Technology (IT) Support
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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