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Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salary

A sizeable majority of Storage Area Network Systems Administrators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $80K annually. Total cash compensation for Storage Area Network Systems Administrators runs from $57K to $127K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $17K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Storage Area Network Systems Administrators. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$55,184 - $119,790
(Median)
$55K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,414
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$29.67 - $66.71
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$30
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$67
MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,184 - $119,790  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,000  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $14,950  
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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$57,359 - $127,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$29.67 - $66.71  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $79.46  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $14,950  
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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$57,359 - $127,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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Job Description for Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator

A storage area network (SAN) systems administrator is responsible for maintaining an effective, efficient authentication and data storage system for their organization. A core responsibility of the systems administrator is to act as a high-level expert who can deal with systems issues escalated from junior team members. The SAN systems administrator works to ensure that the storage area network provides several expected benefits: Storage and restore operations must appropriately store information for later retrieval and keep such information appropriately secured. Additionally, system authentication protocols must be established, updated, and analyzed; the systems also must be optimized and waste minimal resources.

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Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Tasks

  • Document processes, procedures, upgrades and problems.
  • Upgrade software, monitor performance and evaluate trends and needs.
  • Manage, transform and provide user access to large datasets.
  • Install, configure, support and maintain storage area networks and associated technology.
  • Administer networks, servers and associated schedules.

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Popular Skills for Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator


Storage Area Network Systems Administrators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Linux and Disaster Recovery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Storage Systems Engineer, Storage Management, and Disk Arrays / Mass Storage. Those familiar with Storage Area Networking also tend to know Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $71K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $86K. For Storage Area Network Systems Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $93K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $92K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 12%


National Average
$82,000


Skills That Affect Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salaries

Linux
up arrow 25%

Disaster Recovery
up arrow 5%

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
0%

National Average
$82,000

EMC
up arrow 2%

VMware ESX
up arrow 3%

Storage Management
up arrow 4%

Disk Arrays / Mass Storage
up arrow 4%

Storage Systems Engineer
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 10%
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