Network / System Administrator, General Office Salary (United States)

Yearly wages for General System Administrators in the United States typically come in around $49,991 annually. The range in pay spans from $32,969 to $74,309 per year. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. General System Administrators are largely men, dominating the profession at 85 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Network / System Administrator, General Office Salary (?
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$35,121 - $74,175
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MEDIAN: $50,576
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$12.54 - $28.35
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,121 - $74,175  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,787  
Profit Sharing
$342.55 - $5,152  
Commission
$0.00 - $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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$32,969 - $74,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 468
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.54 - $28.35  
   
Overtime
$16.14 - $40.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,787  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,000  
Profit Sharing
$342.55 - $5,152  
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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$32,969 - $74,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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Job Description for Network / System Administrator, General Office

The network/system administrator (general office) is responsible for working to administer the organization’s network, file servers, and print servers. Their main objective is to keep all business networks, servers, and computer systems running and in good working order. Network/system administrators are responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and operation of all network and system servers and related processes. This includes creating network users and groups, assigning security groups and clearances to individual users, installing applications on to file servers, maintaining print servers, and scheduling application installations for individual systems. Additionally, network/system administrators handles all security issues, including patches, updates, and virus protection. Individuals in this position generally work full time in an office setting, although occasional overnight or weekend work may be required during specific application installations and deployments. They typically report to a department lead or manager.
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Network / System Administrator, General Office Tasks
  • Monitor network and systems for performance, security,and other issues.
  • Install, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot file, email, and authentication servers, as well as Internet access and other networked services.
  • Assist users with software, hardware, and connectivity issues.
  • Recommend, install, configure, maintain, and upgrade all computer and networking software and hardware for use in an office, department, or small company.

Common Career Paths for Network / System Administrator, General Office

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Additional career progression often leads to a hefty increase in pay for General System Administrators. At the upper end, those who move into a Windows Server System Administrator role can bring in an extra $10,082 per year.

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Popular Skills for Network / System Administrator, General Office

General System Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft SQL Server, IT Security & Infrastructure, Microsoft Active Directory, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office. Most people who know Microsoft Active Directory also know Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2) and IT Security & Infrastructure.

Pay by Experience Level for Network / System Administrator, General Office

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $45K can reach $51K. Pay amounts to $60K after 10 to 20 years. After working for two decades in the field, General System Administrators experience a drop in salary, averaging $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

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Experience Affects Network / System Administrator, General Office Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Network / System Administrator, General Office Salaries

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 10%
Microsoft Active Directory
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Linux
up arrow 2%
Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
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Microsoft Exchange
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Cisco Networking
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Network Management / Administration
0%
Microsoft Word
0%
National Average
$50,000
Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows 2003 Server
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 13%