An average System Support Administrator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $56K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of System Support Administrators (66 percent) who took the survey are men. While just over one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,744 - $78,134
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MEDIAN: $55,595
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$16.58 - $34.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,744 - $78,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
Total Pay (?
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$35,517 - $79,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.58 - $34.02  
   
Overtime
$9.21 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$35,517 - $79,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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

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

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Popular Skills for System Support Administrator


System Support Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Support, Network Management / Administration, and Internet Information Server. 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $61K. System Support Administrators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. System Support Administrators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $66K on average.

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Key Stats for System Support Administrator

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
034
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects System Support Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect System Support Administrator Salaries

Microsoft Active Directory
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Microsoft Exchange
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National Average
$53,000

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Access
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System Administration
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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 12 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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