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 $81K per year nationwide. Overall incomes of Storage Area Network Systems Administrators generally bottom out at around $57K and peak near $128K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $15K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,790 - $120,438
(Median)
$55K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,584
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$29.51 - $66.47
(Median)
$30
$44
$66
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,790 - $120,438  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,383  
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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$56,973 - $128,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$29.51 - $66.47  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $80.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,383  
   
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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$56,973 - $128,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Linux and Disaster Recovery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Storage Systems Engineer and Storage Management. 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.


Storage Area Network Systems Administrators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $71K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $87K. For Storage Area Network Systems Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $95K. Storage Area Network Systems Administrators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $100K.

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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 28%

Disaster Recovery
up arrow 5%

VMware ESX
up arrow 1%

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
0%

National Average
$82,000

EMC
up arrow 2%

Disk Arrays / Mass Storage
up arrow 3%


Storage Systems Engineer
up arrow 13%

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
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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