System Administrator, Windows Server Salary

Men make up the majority of Windows Server System Administrators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $61K per year. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Windows Server System Administrators spread between $41K and $87K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. 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 the larger part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$42,584 - $85,484
(Median)
$43K
$61K
$85K
MEDIAN: $61,423
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$15.18 - $42.37
(Median)
$15
$25
$42
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$42,584 - $85,484  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,011  
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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$41,373 - $87,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,590
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $42.37  
   
Overtime
$22.51 - $50.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,011  
   
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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$41,373 - $87,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 280

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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 transition into an Information Technology Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $101K per year. Windows Server System Administrators typically move into roles as Senior Systems Administrators or Information Technology Managers, and those positions pay $15K more and $15K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Windows Server


Windows Server System Administrators report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Cisco Networking. Most people who know Microsoft Active Directory also know Microsoft Exchange, VMware ESX, and Virtual Machine (VM). Those proficient in Windows 2003 Server are, more often than not, also skilled in VMware ESX.

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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. 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


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Windows Server System Administrators, 32 percent higher than the national average. Windows Server System Administrators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Denver (+17 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (4 percent lower) and St. Louis (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects System Administrator, Windows Server Salaries




National Average
$61,000


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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National Average
$61,000

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Exchange
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Microsoft SQL Server
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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 417 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

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