System Administrator, Windows Server Salary

Windows Server System Administrators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $62K per year. Overall cash earnings of Windows Server System Administrators stretch from $42K near the bottom to $88K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Windows Server System Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$43,128 - $86,015

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$15.37 - $43.44

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,128 - $86,015  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,138  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $7,149  
Total Pay (?
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$41,821 - $88,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,542
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.37 - $43.44  
   
Overtime
$22.54 - $51.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,138  
   
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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$41,821 - $88,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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. When Windows Server System Administrators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Systems Administrators or Information Technology Managers. Those roles pay an additional $15K and $14K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Windows Server


Windows Server System Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $52K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $62K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


Windows Server System Administrators can earn above-average salaries when they head east to Boston, Washington, and New York, the three most well-paid cities in the country for Windows Server System Administrators. In Austin, salaries are 10 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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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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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 380 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: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%
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