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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 $61K annually. Total incomes of Windows Server System Administrators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $41K and $87K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career length and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Windows Server System Administrators is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$42,532 - $85,014
(Median)
$43K
$61K
$85K
MEDIAN: $61,107
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$15.15 - $40.75
(Median)
$15
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,532 - $85,014  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,016  
Profit Sharing
$494.58 - $8,040  
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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$41,124 - $86,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,641
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.15 - $40.75  
   
Overtime
$22.37 - $51.63  
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 - $7,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.58 - $8,040  
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).
)
$41,124 - $86,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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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 who go on to become Senior Systems Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Systems Engineers is $88K annually. Career advancement for the typical Windows Server System Administrator often leads to becoming a Senior Systems Administrator or an Information Technology Manager; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Windows Server


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Active Directory, Windows 2003 Server, and System Administration 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 Office, Cisco Networking, and Network Management / Administration. Most people familiar with Windows 2003 Server also know VMware ESX. Most people who know Microsoft Active Directory also know 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.


For many Windows Server System Administrators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly 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 $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


Windows Server System Administrators will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Windows Server System Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Denver (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries




Virtual Machine (VM)
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System Administration
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Microsoft Exchange
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Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$61,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 450 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%