Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salary

Men account for the majority of Storage Area Network Systems Administrators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $86K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Storage Area Network Systems Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$53,200 - $117,405
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MEDIAN: $85,512
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$18.87 - $68.50
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$0$125K
Salary $53,200 - $117,405
Bonus $487.22 - $16,219
Profit Sharing $750
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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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$51,142 - $125,660
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 173
Hourly Data $0$68
Hourly Rate $18.87 - $68.50
Overtime $47.92
Annual Data $0$125K
Bonus $487.22 - $16,219
Profit Sharing $750
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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$51,142 - $125,660
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18

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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 use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Linux, NetApp, Disk Arrays / Mass Storage, and Disaster Recovery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Storage Systems Engineer, EMC, and VMware ESX. The majority of those who know Storage Area Networking also know Linux.

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

Pay by Experience for a Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 80 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 83 salaries. An experienced Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 90 salaries. A Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,482

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

For those looking to make money, Storage Area Network Systems Administrators in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Storage Area Network Systems Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). Compared to the national average, St. Louis Storage Area Network Systems Administrators have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (18 percent lower) and Denver (14 percent lower).

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 Miami:
"Working in Paradise..."
Pros: Miami is my home town and I find my self lucky as I believe I work in Paradise everyday. The beaches are about 30 min away and I try to take advantage every time I can.
Cons: Miami is a "melting pot" of ethnicities and back grounds. That does not make it bad but there are some areas around the area that make it difficult for others to work or live in.

Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator in Tempe:
"Hosting."
Pros: The People and environment is awesome.
Cons: I fel like I am underpaid for the work that I do.

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
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salaries

▲13%

▲12%

▲1%

National Average
$87,000

▼31%

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

▲1%


NetApp
▼0%

National Average
$87,000

Disaster Recovery
▼2%



▼5%

EMC
▼12%

Storage Systems Engineer
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 5%
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