Windows Server System Administrators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $63K annually. Overall cash earnings for Windows Server System Administrators stretch from $42K on the lower end to $91K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $9K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the specific company. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Windows Server System Administrators. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,369 - $88,921
(Median)
$44K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $63,180
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$14.03 - $44.77
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$14
$26
$45
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,369 - $88,921  
   
Bonus
$293.20 - $8,700  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $9,826  
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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$42,315 - $91,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,045
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.03 - $44.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.22 - $58.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$293.20 - $8,700  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $9,826  
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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$42,315 - $91,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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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.

Common Career Paths for System Administrator, Windows Server


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It's not very common for Windows Server System Administrators to move on to become Information Technology Directors. Average pay for an Information Technology Director is $103K annually. When Windows Server System Administrators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Systems Administrators or Senior Systems Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $15K and $26K, respectively.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the most; Windows Server System Administrators earn $74K on average there.

Popular Skills for System Administrator, Windows Server


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Virtual Machine, Windows 2003 Server, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Network Management / Administration. Most people familiar with Microsoft Active Directory also know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $55K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $65K. On average, Windows Server System Administrators make $72K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,086

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

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Windows Server System Administrators, 24 percent higher than the national average. Windows Server System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+19 percent), New York (+14 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Tampa (+5 percent). Detroit is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries



Windows 2003 Server
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Microsoft Office
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Virtualization
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Active Directory
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Microsoft Active Directory
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System Administration
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Windows Server 2008 R2
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Windows Support
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows Server 2012 R2
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$63,000

Microsoft Exchange
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Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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