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 $62K per year. The range in cash compensation to Windows Server System Administrators ($42K to $88K) includes potential earnings of $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the individual firm. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$42,877 - $86,060
(Median)
$43K
$62K
$86K
MEDIAN: $61,602
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$15.24 - $43.67
(Median)
$15
$26
$44
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,877 - $86,060  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,141  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $7,149  
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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$41,624 - $88,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,552
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.24 - $43.67  
   
Overtime
$22.45 - $51.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,141  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $7,149  
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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$41,624 - $88,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270
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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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For Windows Server System Administrators, progressing to an Information Technology Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Information Technology Director can earn $101K annually. Windows Server System Administrators typically move into roles as Senior Systems Administrators or Information Technology Managers, and those positions pay $15K more and $14K more, 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, Virtual Machine, Windows 2003 Server, and Active Directory are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and SQL. Those proficient in Microsoft Active Directory are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. On average, Windows Server System Administrators make $68K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Windows Server System Administrators in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Windows Server System Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+18 percent), Denver (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Detroit (8 percent lower and 5 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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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 389 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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