System Support Administrator Salary

Earnings for System Support Administrators in the United States come in at around $52K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the majority of System Support Administrators (68 percent) survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$35,160 - $73,809

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$14.53 - $33.54

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,160 - $73,809  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $3,250  
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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$34,474 - $74,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $33.54  
   
Overtime
$21.70 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $3,250  
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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$34,474 - $74,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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Job Description for System Support Administrator

System administrators install, operate, and maintain hardware and software for an organization's computer system. They typically maintain existing systems, which involves installing new applications and hardware to keep the system current and working efficiently. On a daily basis, system administrators perform scheduled backups, archive files, change user privileges, or repair software and hardware malfunctions. They troubleshoot any problems that arise, responding to calls and emails from users that are experiencing difficulties. Periodic audits of the system need to be conducted a part of the job, as well as the application of patches and upgrades. Additionally, systems administrators maintain the system's security to protect data, hardware, and software from outside attacks.

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System Support Administrator Tasks

  • Isolate, identify, and troubleshoot issues, and refer problems to management as necessary.
  • Inform internal and external audience of any outages, provide end-user technical support, and maintain the knowledge base.
  • Maintain, manage, and monitor all aspects of information technology strucutre.

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Popular Skills for System Support Administrator


System Support Administrators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Internet Information Server, System Administration, and Microsoft Word. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Network Management / Administration and Microsoft Exchange.

Pay by Experience Level for System Support Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


System Support Administrators who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $47K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $56K on average. System Support Administrators see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $75K.

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Experience Affects System Support Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%



National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect System Support Administrator Salaries

Microsoft Active Directory
up arrow 6%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Exchange
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National Average
$52,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Access
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

System Administration
up arrow 8%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 13%
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