System Administrator, Windows Server Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Windows Server System Administrators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $62K per year nationwide. Cash earnings of Windows Server System Administrators can occasionally include $7K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $42K to almost $88K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Windows Server System Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$42,974 - $86,113
(Median)
$43K
$62K
$86K
MEDIAN: $61,706
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$15.33 - $43.63
(Median)
$15
$26
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,974 - $86,113  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,150  
Profit Sharing
$488.67 - $7,213  
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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$41,698 - $88,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,541
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $43.63  
   
Overtime
$22.48 - $51.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,150  
   
Profit Sharing
$488.67 - $7,213  
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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$41,698 - $88,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271
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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.

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Windows Server System Administrators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Information Technology Director. The average Information Technology Director brings home $101K per year. A common career progression for a Windows Server System Administrator is to become a Senior Systems Administrator or an Information Technology Manager. Compared to Windows Server System Administrators, the first group earns $15K more on average, and the second group earns $14K more.

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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, Virtual Machine, Windows 2003 Server, and Active Directory are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and SQL. Most people experienced in Microsoft Active Directory also know Windows 2003 Server, 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $52K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $62K. Windows Server System Administrators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. 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


For Windows Server System Administrators, top-notch salaries can be found in eastern parts of the United States: Boston, Washington, and New York offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field. In Austin, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Phoenix and Detroit are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries


Windows 2003 Server
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Active Directory
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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 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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Network Management / Administration
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Windows Operating System General Use
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 384 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

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: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%
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