Senior Systems Administrator Salary

Senior Systems Administrators in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Systems Administrators. Salaries average out to around $82K annually and spread from $59K to $114K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Systems Administrators — including $11K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $59K to $114K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$59,527 - $109,906
$60K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,012
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$21.88 - $58.49
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MEDIAN: $38.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,527 - $109,906  
   
Bonus
$705 - $11,090  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $9,950  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$58,712 - $113,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.88 - $58.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.57  
Overtime
$30.18 - $74.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$705 - $11,090  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $9,950  
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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$58,712 - $113,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 196

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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

  • Diagnose and correct computer systems issues.
  • Configure and troubleshoot software and hardware enhancements, application deployments and infrastructure up-grades.
  • Lead a team of systems administrators to manage servers and other computer system aspects of a company.

Common Career Paths for Senior Systems Administrator


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Though not the most common occurrence, Senior Systems Administrators sometimes become Information Technology Architects, where the average income is $110K per year. An Information Technology Manager role is the most common promotion for Senior Systems Administrators moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $78K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Systems Administrators is a Senior Systems Engineer position, where earnings are usually $89K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Administrator


General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, Lockheed Martin Corp, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Dell, Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Systems Administrators. AT&T Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $117K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Dell, Inc., BAE Systems Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp, where Senior Systems Administrators typically earn around $94K, $93K, or $89K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) at $68K, and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) where $78K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Senior Systems Administrators there earn up to $99K.

Popular Skills for Senior Systems Administrator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, Virtualization, VMware ESX, and Storage Area Networking (SAN) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Network Management / Administration, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those proficient in Microsoft Active Directory are, more often than not, also skilled in VMware ESX.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Senior Systems Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Systems Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 290 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Systems Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 831 salaries. An experienced Senior Systems Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 1,287 salaries. A Senior Systems Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 414 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,358

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Systems Administrators, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Senior Systems Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+14 percent), Washington (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent.

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Key Stats for Senior Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 360 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Senior Systems Administrator Salaries

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$83,000

▼5%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 360 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 9%
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