System Administrator, Windows Server Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Windows Server System Administrators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $64K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation for Windows Server System Administrators runs from $43K to $92K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Most Windows Server System Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$45,103 - $89,905
$45K
$64K
$90K
MEDIAN: $63,936
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90%

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$14.67 - $45.18
$15
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $26.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$45,103 - $89,905  
   
Bonus
$299.50 - $8,059  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $9,744  
Total Pay (?
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$43,169 - $92,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,030
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.67 - $45.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.49 - $60.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$299.50 - $8,059  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $9,744  
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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$43,169 - $92,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159

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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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At the upper end, Windows Server System Administrators who move into an Information Technology Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Information Technology Directors is a much higher $103K per year. The most common next step for a Windows Server System Administrator is to become a Senior Systems Administrator or a Senior Systems Engineer. The former position pays an additional $14K per year on average, and the latter position pays $26K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for System Administrator, Windows Server


Windows Server System Administrators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), where the average salary comes to $74K.

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, Virtual Machine, Windows 2003 Server, and Internet Information Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Management / Administration. Most people who know Microsoft Active Directory also know VMware ESX, Virtual Machine (VM), and Windows 2003 Server.

Pay by Experience Level for System Administrator, Windows Server

Pay by Experience for a System Administrator, Windows Server has a positive trend. An entry-level System Administrator, Windows Server with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 464 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A System Administrator, Windows Server with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 519 salaries. An experienced System Administrator, Windows Server which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 431 salaries. A System Administrator, Windows Server with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 108 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,796

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

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 will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Detroit is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Alexandria (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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 158 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
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

▲23%

▲14%

▲2%

National Average
$64,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
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%
no benefits
None: 12%