System Administrator, Computer / Network Salary
Network System Administrators in the United States pull down an average of $59K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Network System Administrators can bottom out near $38K or peak near $85K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the company and geographic location. The majority of Network System Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Network System Administrators (88 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$40,660 - $86,467|
|Bonus||$128.80 - $7,689|
|Profit Sharing||$51.52 - $5,006|
|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).)
|$38,235 - $85,798|
|Hourly Rate||$14.50 - $34.39|
|Overtime||$21.19 - $48.62|
|Bonus||$128.80 - $7,689|
|Profit Sharing||$51.52 - $5,006|
|Total Pay (||$38,235 - $85,798|
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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
System Administrator, Computer / Network Tasks
- Establish and document standards and procedures.
- Install, configure, maintain, and upgrade Microsoft Windows server operating systems and applications.
- Recognize and troubleshoot problems with server hardware and applications software.
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. It is quite typical for Network System Administrators to transition into roles as Information Technology Managers or Senior Systems Administrators, where reported median earnings are $20K and $21K higher per year.
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Popular Employer Salaries for System Administrator, Computer / Network
Network System Administrators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where the average salary comes to $74K.
Popular Skills for System Administrator, Computer / Network
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Storage Area Networking, Cisco Networking, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those proficient in Microsoft Active Directory are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 Network System Administrators, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 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). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 11 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Indianapolis and 5 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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