Men represent the vast majority of Windows Server System Administrators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $64K annually nationwide. Final cash compensation to Windows Server System Administrators varies from around $43K to approximately $92K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $10K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. For the most part, Windows Server System Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,608 - $89,205
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MEDIAN: $63,674
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$14.91 - $45.41
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MEDIAN: $27.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,608 - $89,205  
   
Bonus
$303.25 - $8,229  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $9,696  
Total Pay (?
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$43,031 - $92,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,071
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $45.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.72 - $60.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$303.25 - $8,229  
   
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $9,696  
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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$43,031 - $92,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 163

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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

  • 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, Windows Server


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Windows Server System Administrators who transition into an Information Technology Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $103K per year. It is quite typical for Windows Server System Administrators to transition into roles as Senior Systems Administrators or Senior Systems Engineers, where reported median earnings are $14K and $26K higher per year.

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Windows Server System Administrators flock to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $74K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for System Administrator, Windows Server


Survey results imply that Windows Server System Administrators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Microsoft SQL Server, Virtual Machine, and Windows 2003 Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Network Management / Administration. For most people, competency in Microsoft Active Directory indicates knowledge of VMware ESX, Virtual Machine (VM), and Windows 2003 Server.

Pay by Experience Level for System Administrator, Windows Server

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


For Windows Server System Administrators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $55K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $65K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Windows Server System Administrators make a median salary of $72K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $77K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,729

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For those looking to make money, Windows Server System Administrators in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Windows Server System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+18 percent), New York (+15 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Detroit, 12 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for System Administrator, Windows Server

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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