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System Support Administrator Salary

System Support Administrators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $52K annually. Male System Support Administrators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is enjoyable for System Support Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$35,859 - $72,362
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MEDIAN: $52,387
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,859 - $72,362  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,156  
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $4,500  
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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$34,732 - $72,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.70 - $28.53  
   
Overtime
$20.97 - $42.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,156  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $4,500  
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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$34,732 - $72,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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


Survey results imply that System Support Administrators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Microsoft Exchange, Network Management / Administration, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Internet Information Server, Microsoft Word, and System Administration. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $47K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $55K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. System Support Administrators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $72K.

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Experience Affects System Support Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%


Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect System Support Administrator Salaries

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Exchange
0%

National Average
$51,000

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 3%

System Administration
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 12%