System Administrator, Computer / Network Salary

Network System Administrators in the United States take home an average $57K annually. In the world of Network System Administrators, overall income ranges from $36K near the bottom to $81K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Network 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 the larger part. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 89 percent of Network System Administrators are male. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,858 - $79,909

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$13.76 - $35.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,858 - $79,909  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,001  
Profit Sharing
$290.03 - $7,083  
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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$36,397 - $80,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $35.39  
   
Overtime
$16.58 - $45.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,001  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.03 - $7,083  
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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$36,397 - $80,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 519
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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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As Network System Administrators transition into upper-level roles such as Information Technology Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Information Technology Directors earn $101K on average per year. A common career progression for a Network System Administrator is to become an Information Technology Manager or a Senior Systems Administrator. Compared to Network System Administrators, the first group earns $20K more on average, and the second group earns $21K more.

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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 Linux, VMware ESX, Microsoft SQL Server, and Windows 2003 Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


For Network System Administrators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $49K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $57K. Network System Administrators bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Network System Administrators in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Network System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), Boston (+16 percent), New York (+11 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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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National Average
$56,000

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SQL
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft Exchange
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 514 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%
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