Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salary

Storage Area Network Systems Administrators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $81K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K each, total incomes of Storage Area Network Systems Administrators generally range from $57K to $128K depending on individual performance. Geography 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. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$54,863 - $120,316

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$29.51 - $66.47

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,863 - $120,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,319  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $14,795  
Total Pay (?
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$57,053 - $127,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$29.51 - $66.47  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $80.29  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,319  
   
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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$57,053 - $127,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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


Survey results show that Storage Area Network Systems Administrators use a fair number of 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Storage Systems Engineer and Storage Management. Those educated in Storage Area Networking tend to be well versed in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $71K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $87K. Storage Area Network Systems Administrators see a median salary of $95K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $100K on average.

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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
up arrow 1%

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
0%

National Average
$82,000

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 44 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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