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 $83K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Storage Area Network Systems Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,666 - $117,682
$52K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,714
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$19.40 - $67.67
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MEDIAN: $35.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,666 - $117,682  
   
Bonus
$490.94 - $15,304  
Profit Sharing
$1,517  
Total Pay (?
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$50,560 - $125,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$19.40 - $67.67  
   
Overtime
$18.90 - $78.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$490.94 - $15,304  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,517  
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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$50,560 - $125,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator


Survey results suggest that Storage Area Network Systems Administrators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Linux, NetApp, Disaster Recovery, and Disk Arrays / Mass Storage are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Storage Systems Engineer and EMC. 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $88K. For Storage Area Network Systems Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $98K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,614

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

For Storage Area Network Systems Administrators, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Storage Area Network Systems Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+21 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Storage Area Network Systems Administrators in St. Louis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Denver (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator?

Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator in Reading:
"Good not Great."
Pros: Opportunity to be brought on board for new projects without previous experience. Good vacation, holiday, and sick time. Good health benefits. I enjoy the people I work with. Flexibility of approval for time off. No shortage of work (the IT department I work in is notorious for biting off more than we can chew.)
Cons: Pay for specialized IT positions (SAN admin, SCCM Admin, exchange admin, etc.) is very low compared to private sector jobs. Management, at times makes decisions about projects without consulting or even letting the techs who will be affected know. The environment is very reactive and rarely proactive. Important projects and considerations are put on the back burner until it becomes a serious problem that needs immediate attention. I haven't had an evaluation in over 3 years. I have a hard time determining if I am doing well and don't get raises based on performance. This makes it hard to be motivated to grow professionally.

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Key Stats for Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salaries

▲15%

▲15%

▲4%

National Average
$85,000

▼27%

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

▲4%

NetApp
▲4%

Disaster Recovery
▲2%


National Average
$85,000



▼2%

EMC
▼9%

Storage Systems Engineer
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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