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System Administrator, Computer / Network Salary

Network System Administrators in the United States take home an average $56K annually. Cash earnings for Network System Administrators — including $6K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $80K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Network System Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority (89 percent) of Network System Administrators who answered the questionnaire are male. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$38,377 - $79,204
(Median)
$38K
$56K
$79K
MEDIAN: $56,339
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$13.72 - $34.96
(Median)
$14
$21
$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
$38,377 - $79,204  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,700  
Profit Sharing
$303.57 - $7,164  
Commission
$750 - $14,800  
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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$35,721 - $80,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,304
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
$13.72 - $34.96  
   
Overtime
$17.51 - $45.94  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,700  
   
Commission
$750 - $14,800  
Profit Sharing
$303.57 - $7,164  
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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$35,721 - $80,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 572

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Information Technology Director. The latter position pays an average of $101K annually. Information Technology Managers or Senior Systems Administrators are common next-step roles for Network System Administrators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Information Technology Managers is $21K higher on average, and it's $22K higher for Senior Systems Administrators.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Computer / Network


Network System Administrators report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $56K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 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 Boston (+17 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), St. Louis (+13 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries




National Average
$55,000


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
$55,000

SQL
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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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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 601 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: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%