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 $80K per year. Overall cash earnings for Storage Area Network Systems Administrators vary widely between $58K and $127K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $16K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Storage Area Network Systems Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,228 - $119,732
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$55K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,428
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$30.26 - $66.93
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$30
$46
$67
MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,228 - $119,732  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,547  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $14,950  
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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$57,762 - $127,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$30.26 - $66.93  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $79.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,547  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $14,950  
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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$57,762 - $127,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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, skills in Linux, Disaster Recovery, Storage Area Networking, and Disk Arrays / Mass Storage are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include VMware ESX, Storage Systems Engineer, and EMC. Those familiar with Storage Area Networking also tend to 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $72K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $86K. For Storage Area Network Systems Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $93K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $92K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$82,000


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

Linux
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Disaster Recovery
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Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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National Average
$82,000

Storage Management
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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 42 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
10%

Common Health Benefits

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