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System Administrator, Windows Server Salary

Men account for the majority of Windows Server System Administrators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $62K annually. Total cash earnings of Windows Server System Administrators range from $41K on the low end to $88K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $8K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Windows Server System Administrators. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$42,683 - $85,858
(Median)
$43K
$62K
$86K
MEDIAN: $61,603
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$15.22 - $42.56
(Median)
$15
$25
$43
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,683 - $85,858  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,060  
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $7,500  
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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$41,456 - $87,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,582
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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.22 - $42.56  
   
Overtime
$22.46 - $50.57  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,060  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $7,500  
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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$41,456 - $87,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281

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Job Description for System Administrator, Windows Server

A Windows system administrator provides daily support and assistance for computer systems using the Windows platform. They may work for a business providing troubleshooting for other employees, work online or over the phone for a technical-support service, or work as part of a team of administrators. They also update and back up all data, monitor networks, and recommend viable solutions for problems to management. A systems administrator also keeps security software up to date and maintains machines and servers to keep them at an optimal level of performance. The typical work environment is generally in an office setting during regular business hours; however, emergencies that threaten the integrity of network security may require a system administrator to be on-call.

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System Administrator, Windows Server 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, Windows Server


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Windows Server System Administrators may progress into high-paying roles like Information Technology Director, where median compensation is $101K annually. Senior Systems Administrators or Information Technology Managers are common next-step roles for Windows Server System Administrators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Systems Administrators is $15K higher on average, and it's $15K higher for Information Technology Managers.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Windows Server


Survey results imply that Windows Server System Administrators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Virtual Machine, Active Directory, 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 Office and Cisco Networking. Most people skilled in Windows 2003 Server are similarly competent in VMware ESX. For most people, competency in Microsoft Active Directory indicates knowledge of Microsoft Exchange, VMware ESX, and Virtual Machine (VM).

Pay by Experience Level for System Administrator, Windows Server

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


Windows Server System Administrators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $68K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $72K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Windows Server System Administrators that is 33 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Windows Server System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+17 percent), New York (+16 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Phoenix and 5 percent less in Detroit, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries





System Administration
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$62,000

Microsoft Exchange
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Windows Operating System General Use
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SQL
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Network Management / Administration
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Cisco Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 410 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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