System Administrator, Computer / Network Salary

The average Network System Administrator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $57K per year. In the world of Network System Administrators, total cash compensation can vary between $36K and $81K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $7K, respectively. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 89 percent of Network System Administrators are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Network System Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,802 - $79,778
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$80K
MEDIAN: $57,168
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$13.77 - $35.43
(Median)
$14
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,802 - $79,778  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,049  
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).
)
$36,366 - $80,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,206
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.
)
$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $35.43  
   
Overtime
$16.66 - $45.93  
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 - $6,049  
   
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).
)
$36,366 - $80,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 531
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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. Typical career progression for a Network System Administrator involves becoming an Information Technology Manager or a Senior Systems Administrator, roles that pay $20K more and $21K more on average.

Systems Administrator Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for System Administrator, Computer / Network


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled 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.


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. 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. For Network System Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $63K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $66K, 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 26 percent, Network System Administrators in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Network System Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), Boston (+16 percent), St. Louis (+11 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 5 percent below the national average.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries




National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries


up arrow 9%


Microsoft Active Directory
up arrow 3%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 3%

National Average
$56,000

Cisco Networking
up arrow 1%

Windows Support
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 1%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 2%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 3%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 4%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 526 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%
ADVERTISEMENT