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Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Storage Area Network Systems Administrators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $80K per year nationwide. In the world of Storage Area Network Systems Administrators, overall income ranges from $57K near the bottom to $129K at the top; this can include more than $17K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,047 - $121,259
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$55K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,449
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$30.08 - $67.53
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,047 - $121,259  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,114  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $15,050  
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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$57,248 - $129,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$30.08 - $67.53  
   
Overtime
$45.00 - $60.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,114  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $15,050  
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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$57,248 - $129,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know Linux command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like VMware ESX, Storage Systems Engineer, and Disk Arrays / Mass Storage. Those proficient in Storage Area Networking are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $72K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $87K. Storage Area Network Systems Administrators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $94K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $91K.

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Experience Affects Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$83,000


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

Linux
up arrow 29%

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
0%

National Average
$83,000


Disk Arrays / Mass Storage
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EMC
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Storage Systems Engineer
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VMware ESX
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 11%