System Administrator, Computer / Network Salary
Network System Administrators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $59K per year. Final cash compensation to Network System Administrators varies from around $38K to approximately $85K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $5K, respectively. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and geographic location are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are far more male Network System Administrators survey respondents than women, making up 88 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
|Salary||$40,500 - $86,063|
|Bonus||$100.12 - $7,535|
|Profit Sharing||$1.11 - $5,022|
|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).)
|$37,706 - $85,227|
|Hourly Rate||$14.38 - $33.65|
|Overtime||$20.69 - $48.97|
|Bonus||$100.12 - $7,535|
|Profit Sharing||$1.11 - $5,022|
|Total Pay (||$37,706 - $85,227|
Job Description for System Administrator, Computer / Network
A computer/network system administrator is responsible for the maintenance of the technological systems of an organization. The position typically requires a B.A. in a field such as computer science or information technology, and related engineering certifications (for example by Microsoft or Cisco) are also preferred. A system administrator must be flexible, able to manage a variety of tasks and problems, and have good troubleshooting skills. Communication skills, both verbal and written, are also essential. A system administrator will also often be responsible for handling confidential information and data; certain government positions require a security clearance. The specific technological knowledge and skills vary widely according to the specific needs of the business or organization, but will include a range of hardware, programs, and systems, including standard Microsoft business software. The system administrator will install, configure, maintain, and upgrade Microsoft Windows server operating systems and applications and other systems as appropriate, and will recognize and troubleshoot problems with server hardware and applications software. Other responsibilities may include establishing and documenting standards and procedures, maintaining inventory of technological devices, working with outside vendors, and maintaining backup systems. The job requires flexibility to coordinate with other schedules and may require work after normal business hours. Depending on the layout of the business, significant physical activity is also potentially necessary. A system administrator may be hired directly by an organization to provide service for its technological needs, or may work for a technology consulting firm which provides system administration services to a variety of customers.
System Administrator, Computer / Network Tasks
- Recognize and troubleshoot problems with server hardware and applications software.
- Install, configure, maintain, and upgrade Microsoft Windows server operating systems and applications.
- Establish and document standards and procedures.
Common Career Paths for System Administrator, Computer / Network
Network System Administrators who go on to become Information Technology Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Information Technology Directors is $103K annually. Typical career progression for a Network System Administrator involves becoming an Information Technology Manager or a Senior Systems Administrator, roles that pay $21K more and $21K more on average.
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Popular Employer Salaries for System Administrator, Computer / Network
International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $74K.
Popular Skills for System Administrator, Computer / Network
Survey results imply that Network System Administrators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Storage Area Networking, Cisco Networking, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. For most people, competency in Microsoft Active Directory indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and Cisco Networking.
Pay by Experience Level for System Administrator, Computer / Network
Pay by Experience for a System Administrator, Computer / Network has a positive trend. An entry-level System Administrator, Computer / Network with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,104 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A System Administrator, Computer / Network with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 971 salaries. An experienced System Administrator, Computer / Network which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 851 salaries. A System Administrator, Computer / Network with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 208 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Network System Administrators in Minneapolis enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Network System Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent), San Antonio (+14 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Workers in Indianapolis and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).
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