Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salary

Men make up the majority of Storage Area Network Systems Administrators in the United States, bringing in about $81K annually. Cash earnings for Storage Area Network Systems Administrators — which occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $56K to approximately $128K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Storage Area Network Systems Administrators is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$53,874 - $120,282
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$54K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,171
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$25.99 - $65.25
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,874 - $120,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,483  
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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$55,631 - $127,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$25.99 - $65.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$34.25 - $79.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,483  
   
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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$55,631 - $127,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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. Most notably, facility with Linux and Disaster Recovery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Storage Systems Engineer, EMC, and Storage Management. Most people familiar with 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $70K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $88K. On average, Storage Area Network Systems Administrators make $96K following one to two decades on the job. Storage Area Network Systems Administrators who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $95K.

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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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Experience Affects Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salaries




National Average
$83,000


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

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Disaster Recovery
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National Average
$83,000

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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Disk Arrays / Mass Storage
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VMware ESX
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Storage Management
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EMC
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Storage Systems Engineer
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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