Senior Systems Administrator Salary

With a little under three-quarters of Senior Systems Administrators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Systems Administrators is $82K annually and can range from $59K on the lower end to $113K per year near the higher end. In the world of Senior Systems Administrators, overall income ranges from $59K near the bottom to $113K at the top; this can include more than $11K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Most Senior Systems Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$59,512 - $110,103
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MEDIAN: $81,938
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$0$113K
Salary $59,512 - $110,103
Bonus $550 - $10,935
Profit Sharing $498.89 - $9,983
Commission $6,000
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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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$58,734 - $113,369
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,062
Hourly Data $0$74
Hourly Rate $21.80 - $55.99
Hourly Tips $0.57
Overtime $31.36 - $74.57
Annual Data $0$113K
Bonus $550 - $10,935
Commission $6,000
Profit Sharing $498.89 - $9,983
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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$58,734 - $113,369
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 198

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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 it's uncommon, some Senior Systems Administrators move into roles as Information Technology Architects, where pay is an average $110K per year. The most common promotion for Senior Systems Administrators is an Information Technology Manager position, which usually brings in $78K a year. Another standard transition for Senior Systems Administrators seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Systems Engineer role, where pay is often $89K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Administrator


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Systems Administrators, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, Lockheed Martin Corp, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Dell, Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, AT&T Inc. offers the most; Senior Systems Administrators earn $117K on average there. Other leaders in compensation levels are Dell, Inc. at $94K, BAE Systems Inc. at $93K, and Lockheed Martin Corp, where Senior Systems Administrators annually earn $89K.

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 takers working as Senior Systems Administrators report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Linux, Virtualization, VMware ESX, and Storage Area Networking (SAN) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Network Management / Administration, and Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those who know Microsoft Active Directory also know 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: $83,188

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Systems Administrators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 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 the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.

Senior Systems Administrator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Systems Administrator?

Senior Systems Administrator in Albuquerque:
"The work environment is not SAIC. SAIC signs paycheck only."
Pros: If you are dong your job, they leave you alone. Very Alone.
Cons: SAIC went public a few years ago, their bottom line is to make the investor happy. The employee's seem to be in the way of that goal. The company boasts a billion dollars revenue each quarter. The employees have very expensive and most useless medical plans. The pay is the least they can get away with and say it’s competitive is a laugh, doesn’t mean it is a winning the race, it just trying to place (last place is ok). It’s too bad, this used to be a good company to work for.

Senior Systems Administrator in Philadelphia:
"Daily Mental Exercise."
Pros: Working as a Senior Systems Administrator for a small EdTech company gives me the chance to constantly exercise my problem-solving skills as I solve day-to-day problems and analyze what can be done more efficiently.
Cons: Because my company is closely linked to schools, it is also highly influenced by the school calendar, which can mean a very high volume of work at key parts of the year (especially around September 'back-to-school time). As my company is quite small, a very high workload can be placed on me during these peak-times.

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Key Stats for Senior Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 383 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
23%
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

▼4%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 383 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 9%
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