System Administrator, Computer / Network Salary

Network System Administrators in the United States take home approximately $58K annually on average. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $7K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $37K and hits $82K on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Network System Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Network System Administrators (88 percent) who took the survey are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,253 - $81,207
(Median)
$39K
$58K
$81K
MEDIAN: $57,839
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$13.98 - $35.22
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$14
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,253 - $81,207  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,640  
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $6,851  
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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$36,827 - $81,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.98 - $35.22  
   
Overtime
$16.51 - $46.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,640  
   
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $6,851  
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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$36,827 - $81,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 539
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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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Though some Network System Administrators move into positions like Information Technology Director (where the average salary is $102K), this progression is not the norm. When Network System Administrators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Information Technology Managers or Senior Systems Administrators. Those roles pay an additional $20K and $21K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Computer / Network


Network System Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Linux, Microsoft SQL Server, and Virtualization are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. For most people, competency in Microsoft Active Directory indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for System Administrator, Computer / Network

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


For many Network System Administrators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $49K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. Network System Administrators bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $68K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,371

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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Network System Administrators in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Network System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), Boston (+16 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Denver (+12 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

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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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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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National Average
$56,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 482 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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