System Support Administrator (Computer) Salary

Computer System Support Administrators in the United States take home approximately $52K per year on average. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Computer System Support Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Computer System Support Administrators survey respondents are men (78 percent).

$35,641 - $78,165
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$78K
MEDIAN: $51,753
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90%

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$14.39 - $28.83
(Median)
$14
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,641 - $78,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,188  
Profit Sharing
$4,750  
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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$33,130 - $75,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 250
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $28.83  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $46.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,188  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,750  
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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$33,130 - $75,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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Job Description for System Support Administrator (Computer)

A system support administrator (computer) performs a number of tasks related to the effective, efficient performance of systems for their employer. They must be skilled with the systems and infrastructure used by their company, as well as possess experience related to the installation, configuration, operation, and maintenance of hardware and software used by their employer/clients. A system support administrator also must be familiar with network, database, and security administration, as well as with common operating systems.

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System Support Administrator (Computer) Tasks

  • Install, configure, maintain, and upgrade server operating systems and applications, for use in websites, data centers, enterprise resource planning, file sharing, etc.
  • Recognize and troubleshoot problems with server hardware and applications software.
  • Establish and document standards and procedures.

Common Career Paths for System Support Administrator (Computer)


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It's not very common for Computer System Support Administrators to move on to become Senior Systems Administrators. Average pay for a Senior Systems Administrator is $77K annually. Computer System Support Administrators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Windows Server System Administrators or Information Technology Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Support Administrator (Computer)


Computer System Support Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Active Directory, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Exchange are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Help Desk / Desktop Support as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Linux and Microsoft Access also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Network Management / Administration and Microsoft Exchange.

Pay by Experience Level for System Support Administrator (Computer)

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects System Support Administrator (Computer) Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect System Support Administrator (Computer) Salaries

Microsoft Active Directory
up arrow 9%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

Microsoft Exchange
0%

National Average
$50,000

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 2%

Cisco Networking
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Linux
up arrow 14%

Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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