Junior Systems Administrator Salary

Junior Systems Administrators in the United States take home an average $48K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$36,571 - $62,417
(Median)
$37K
$48K
$62K
MEDIAN: $47,736
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90%

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$11.68 - $25.68
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,571 - $62,417  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,914  
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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$32,540 - $62,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $25.68  
   
Overtime
$15.38 - $44.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,914  
   
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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$32,540 - $62,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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


Junior Systems Administrators generally report applying a varied skill set 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 41 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 Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Microsoft Active Directory also know 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 41%

VMware ESX
up arrow 21%

Microsoft Active Directory
0%

Windows Support
0%

Linux
0%

National Average
$46,000

System Administration
up arrow 2%

Network Support
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Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 5%

Information Technology (IT) Support
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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
10%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
22%
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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