System Administrator, Computer / Network Salary

Earnings for Network System Administrators in the United States come in at around $59K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Network System Administrators can bottom out near $37K or peak near $84K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and location. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority (88 percent) of Network System Administrators who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,232 - $84,364
$40K
$59K
$84K
MEDIAN: $58,792
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$14.17 - $33.88
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$21
$34
MEDIAN: $21.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,232 - $84,364  
   
Bonus
$100.94 - $7,304  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $5,008  
Commission
$1,262  
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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$37,256 - $83,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,952
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.17 - $33.88  
   
Overtime
$21.09 - $48.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.94 - $7,304  
   
Commission
$1,262  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $5,008  
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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$37,256 - $83,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 546

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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

  • 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


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For Network System Administrators, progressing to an Information Technology Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Information Technology Director can earn $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. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $74K.

Popular Skills for System Administrator, Computer / Network


Network System Administrators report using a large range 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in Microsoft Active Directory tend to be well versed 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

National Average: $56,757

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Network System Administrators, 16 percent above the national average. Network System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+16 percent), San Antonio (+14 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. 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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Key Stats for System Administrator, Computer / Network

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 396 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries

▲21%

▲13%

▲2%

National Average
$57,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 396 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 16%