System Support Administrator Salary
System Support Administrators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $52K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male System Support Administrators are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$38,109 - $67,963|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $4,122|
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|$36,365 - $67,124|
|Hourly Rate||$16.54 - $28.19|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $4,122|
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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.Read More...
An important aspect of the job is problem solving. When a system goes down, system administrators must be able to quickly and accurately fix the problem. Typically, no travel is required, but weekends and evenings may be part of the work schedule (sometimes with little or no advanced notice).
System administrator positions generally require a bachelor's degree in software engineering, computer science, or a related discipline, and these professionals are required to have certification in one or more programming languages. They need to know Windows or Linux server systems, along with the ability to write programs to automate tasks. Depending on the size of the organization, system administrators may work with either a large or small staff; they train and may manage other staff members, as well as help co-workers with their computer problems.
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 report using a deep pool of 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, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Support, Network Management / Administration, and Internet Information Server. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Network Management / Administration and Microsoft Exchange.
Pay by Experience Level for System Support Administrator
Pay by Experience for a System Support Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level System Support Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 47 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A System Support Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 29 salaries. An experienced System Support Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 17 salaries. A System Support Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 9 salaries.
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