System Administrator, Windows Server Salary

A sizeable majority of Windows Server System Administrators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $63K per year. Final cash compensation to Windows Server System Administrators varies from around $42K to approximately $89K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $8K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. For the most part, Windows Server System Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$43,464 - $87,028
(Median)
$43K
$63K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,520
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$15.01 - $43.70
(Median)
$15
$26
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,464 - $87,028  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,093  
Profit Sharing
$488.53 - $7,708  
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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$41,971 - $89,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,544
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $43.70  
   
Overtime
$21.06 - $52.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,093  
   
Profit Sharing
$488.53 - $7,708  
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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$41,971 - $89,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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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 $102K annually. Career advancement for the typical Windows Server System Administrator often leads to becoming a Senior Systems Administrator or a Senior Systems Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Windows Server


Windows Server System Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Virtualization, Virtual Machine, and Windows 2003 Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Microsoft Active Directory also know VMware ESX, Windows 2003 Server, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $53K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Windows Server System Administrators make a median salary of $70K. 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 $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,575

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Windows Server System Administrators, Denver provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Windows Server System Administrators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit. Workers in Phoenix and Austin earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 9 percent.

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Experience Affects System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries


Virtualization
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Windows 2003 Server
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Virtual Machine (VM)
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Active Directory
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Active Directory
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System Administration
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Microsoft Exchange
0%

Windows Support
0%

National Average
$63,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 350 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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