System Support Administrator Salary

The average System Support Administrator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $52K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The majority of System Support Administrators (66 percent) survey respondents are male. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$35,453 - $74,365
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $52,372
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$14.79 - $33.73
(Median)
$15
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,453 - $74,365  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$34,889 - $75,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $33.73  
   
Overtime
$22.65 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$34,889 - $75,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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 seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Support, Internet Information Server, 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $48K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $57K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, System Support Administrators make a median salary of $58K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $75K.

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Experience Affects System Support Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%



National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect System Support Administrator Salaries

Microsoft Active Directory
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Exchange
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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National Average
$52,000



Microsoft Access
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System Administration
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Microsoft Word
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows Support
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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