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System Administrator, Computer / Network Salary

Median pay for Network System Administrators in the United States is around $55K annually. Total cash compensation for Network System Administrators runs from $35K to $80K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,083 - $78,472  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,892  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $7,071  
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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$35,422 - $79,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,554
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.61 - $34.85  
   
Overtime
$18.19 - $46.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,892  
   
Commission
$750 - $14,800  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $7,071  
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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$35,422 - $79,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 641
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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 go on to become Information Technology Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Information Technology Directors is $100K annually. Network System Administrators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Information Technology Managers or Senior Systems Administrators. The median paychecks in those roles are $22K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Computer / Network


Network System Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, VMware ESX, Linux, and Microsoft Active Directory are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Cisco Networking.

Pay by Experience Level for System Administrator, Computer / Network

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $47K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $55K. Network System Administrators bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $65K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 28 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 (+21 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), New York (+10 percent), and St. Louis (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries

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Windows 2003 Server
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Cisco Networking
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National Average
$54,000

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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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 695 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
33%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%