Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salary

Male Storage Area Network Systems Administrators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $81K per year in the United States. Total incomes of Storage Area Network Systems Administrators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $16K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $57K and $128K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,687 - $120,255
(Median)
$55K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,589
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$29.67 - $66.71
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MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,687 - $120,255  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,000  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $14,795  
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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$56,834 - $127,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$29.67 - $66.71  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $80.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $14,795  
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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$56,834 - $127,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 26 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Storage Systems Engineer, Storage Management, and Disk Arrays / Mass Storage. Most people who know Storage Area Networking also 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 $87K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $95K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $100K.

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Experience Affects Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salaries




National Average
$82,000


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

Linux
up arrow 26%

Disaster Recovery
up arrow 4%

VMware ESX
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National Average
$82,000

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
up arrow 1%

EMC
up arrow 2%

Disk Arrays / Mass Storage
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Storage Systems Engineer
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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
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 11%
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