Junior Systems Administrator Salary

An average Junior Systems Administrator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $47K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$37,010 - $62,458

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$11.72 - $25.67

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$37,010 - $62,458  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,849  
Profit Sharing
$100.25 - $4,000  
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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$32,924 - $62,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $25.67  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $43.86  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,849  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.25 - $4,000  
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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$32,924 - $62,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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 42 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Information Technology Support and Windows 2003 Server as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those 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 42%

VMware ESX
up arrow 21%

Network Support
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Microsoft Active Directory
0%

Linux
0%

National Average
$46,000

Windows Support
up arrow 1%

System Administration
up arrow 2%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 5%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%
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