Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salary

Men make up the majority of Storage Area Network Systems Administrators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $84K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Storage Area Network Systems Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,939 - $119,119
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MEDIAN: $83,579
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$19.12 - $68.17
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,939 - $119,119  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $16,107  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$49,904 - $127,434  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$19.12 - $68.17  
   
Overtime
$18.90 - $78.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$489.36 - $16,107  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$49,904 - $127,434  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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 imply that Storage Area Network Systems Administrators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Linux, NetApp, Disk Arrays / Mass Storage, and Disaster Recovery 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. Most people skilled in Storage Area Networking are similarly competent in 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: $85,368

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, 46 percent above the national average. Storage Area Network Systems Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Washington (+16 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Storage Area Network Systems Administrators is geography, with workers in St. Louis earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Miami and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 12 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 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 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 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salaries

▲16%

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$85,000

▼29%

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


▲3%

NetApp
▲3%

Disaster Recovery
▲1%

National Average
$85,000



▼2%

EMC
▼9%

Storage Systems Engineer
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 8%
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