System Administrator, Computer / Network Salary

Network System Administrators in the United States can expect wages of $58K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Network System Administrators vary widely between $37K and $82K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Network System Administrators (88 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Network System Administrators. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,253 - $81,207
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$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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Network System Administrators sometimes assume positions such as Information Technology Directors. That role pays $102K per year on average. 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


Survey takers working as Network System Administrators report using a large range of professional skills. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in Microsoft Active Directory tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $58K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Network System Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $63K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $68K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,371

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For Network System Administrators, Washington provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Network System Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), Boston (+16 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Denver (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 5 percent below the national average.

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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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Microsoft Exchange
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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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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