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System Administrator, Computer / Network Salary

Network System Administrators in the United States take home an average $57K annually. Total cash compensation to Network System Administrators bottoms out near $36K and approaches $81K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Network System Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Network System Administrators far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,577 - $79,529
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$80K
MEDIAN: $56,800
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$13.77 - $35.40
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$14
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,577 - $79,529  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,646  
Profit Sharing
$301.00 - $7,096  
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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$36,062 - $80,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $35.40  
   
Overtime
$17.25 - $45.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,646  
   
Profit Sharing
$301.00 - $7,096  
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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$36,062 - $80,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 557

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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

  • 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, Computer / Network


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Network System Administrators who transition into an Information Technology Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $101K per year. Network System Administrators most often move into positions as Information Technology Managers or Senior Systems Administrators; those groups report median salaries that are $21K higher and $21K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Computer / Network


Survey results imply that Network System Administrators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Linux, Microsoft SQL Server, and Windows 2003 Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Cisco Networking.

Pay by Experience Level for System Administrator, Computer / Network

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


Network System Administrators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $56K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Network System Administrators make $63K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $66K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Network System Administrators, 27 percent higher than the national average. Network System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+17 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), St. Louis (+13 percent), and New York (+11 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (4 percent lower) and Austin (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries




National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries


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Windows 2003 Server
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Cisco Networking
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Windows Support
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National Average
$56,000

SQL
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Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Exchange
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 553 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%
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