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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 $80K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Male Network System Administrators far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,476 - $79,377
(Median)
$38K
$57K
$79K
MEDIAN: $56,569
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$13.75 - $35.28
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$14
$22
$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
$38,476 - $79,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,635  
Profit Sharing
$301.51 - $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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$35,972 - $80,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,259
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $35.28  
   
Overtime
$17.25 - $45.91  
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$301.51 - $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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$35,972 - $80,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 561

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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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At the upper end, Network System Administrators who move into an Information Technology Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Information Technology Directors is a much higher $101K per year. 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 $21K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Computer / Network


Network System Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to 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.


Network System Administrators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. Network System Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $62K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $65K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Network System Administrators, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Network System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+17 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), St. Louis (+14 percent), and New York (+11 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (5 percent less) and Austin (3 percent less).

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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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Microsoft Active Directory
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Windows Support
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 569 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%
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