System Administrator, Windows Server Salary

Men make up the majority of Windows Server System Administrators in the United States, bringing in about $63K annually. In the world of Windows Server System Administrators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $42K and $89K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most Windows Server System Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,464 - $87,028
(Median)
$43K
$63K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,520
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$15.01 - $43.70
(Median)
$15
$26
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,464 - $87,028  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,093  
Profit Sharing
$488.53 - $7,708  
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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$41,971 - $89,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,544
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $43.70  
   
Overtime
$21.06 - $52.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,093  
   
Profit Sharing
$488.53 - $7,708  
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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$41,971 - $89,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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Job Description for System Administrator, Windows Server

A Windows system administrator provides daily support and assistance for computer systems using the Windows platform. They may work for a business providing troubleshooting for other employees, work online or over the phone for a technical-support service, or work as part of a team of administrators. They also update and back up all data, monitor networks, and recommend viable solutions for problems to management. A systems administrator also keeps security software up to date and maintains machines and servers to keep them at an optimal level of performance. The typical work environment is generally in an office setting during regular business hours; however, emergencies that threaten the integrity of network security may require a system administrator to be on-call.

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System Administrator, Windows Server 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.

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Windows Server System Administrators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Information Technology Director. The latter position pays an average of $102K annually. Career advancement for the typical Windows Server System Administrator often leads to becoming a Senior Systems Administrator or a Senior Systems Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Windows Server


Windows Server System Administrators report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Virtualization, Virtual Machine, and Windows 2003 Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office. Those educated in Microsoft Active Directory tend to be well versed in VMware ESX, Windows 2003 Server, and Virtual Machine (VM).

Pay by Experience Level for System Administrator, Windows Server

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. Windows Server System Administrators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. Windows Server System Administrators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,575

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

Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Windows Server System Administrators in Denver receive some of the highest pay in the country. Windows Server System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Detroit is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix and Austin (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries


Virtualization
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Windows 2003 Server
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Virtual Machine (VM)
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Active Directory
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Active Directory
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System Administration
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Microsoft Exchange
0%

Windows Support
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National Average
$63,000

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 350 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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