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Senior Systems Administrator Salary (United States)

A Senior Systems Administrator earns an average salary of $77,673 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Senior Systems Administrator Salary (?
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$56,763 - $102,489
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $77,672
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Senior Systems Administrator Salary (?
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$20.71 - $53.98
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,763 - $102,489  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,283  
Profit Sharing
$577 - $10,101  
Commission
$390.37 - $3,052  
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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$56,537 - $107,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,044
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.71 - $53.98  
   
Overtime
$25.14 - $67.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,283  
   
Commission
$390.37 - $3,052  
Profit Sharing
$577 - $10,101  
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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$56,537 - $107,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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Job Description for Senior Systems Administrator

Senior system administrators manage a team of system administrators as well as other employees of the IT department. They are responsible for designing, planning, putting into place, and having the highest level of performance as an expert in the system administration for computers and their complex operating systems. With this, senior system administrators research and select upgrades, software and other necessities for their company's computer systems. They also work with other administrators and the IT department to resolve or implement new hardware for computers, printers and other service systems for the company. Senior administrators are also responsible for training and supervising new employees that would work under them. They must be well versed in technology and have a strong ability to plan, organize, evaluate and redesign system designs to have them work better for the company. In addition, senior systems administrators must have strong communication skills (both verbal and written), be a team player and perform difficult tasks well under pressure.
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Senior Systems Administrator Tasks
  • Lead a team of systems administrators to manage servers and other computer system aspects of a company.
  • Configure and troubleshoot software and hardware enhancements, application deployments and infrastructure up-grades.
  • Diagnose and correct computer systems issues.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Administrator

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Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$79,000
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Experience Affects Senior Systems Administrator Salaries

National Average
$79,000

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Administrator Salaries

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VMware ESX
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Active Directory
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Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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Virtual Machine (VM)
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System Administration
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Windows 2003 Server
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Virtualization
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National Average
$79,000
Cisco Networking
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
59%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%