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System Support Administrator (Computer) Salary

The average Computer System Support Administrator in the United States earns approximately $51K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Computer System Support Administrators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Computer System Support Administrators is high.

$35,669 - $77,414
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,671
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$14.12 - $27.56
(Median)
$14
$21
$28
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,669 - $77,414  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $12,000  
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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$34,357 - $72,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $27.56  
   
Overtime
$18.39 - $45.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $12,000  
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).
)
$34,357 - $72,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Computer System Support Administrators move into roles as Senior Systems Administrators, where pay is an average $77K per year. 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 $11K higher and $27K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Support Administrator (Computer)


Computer System Support Administrators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Microsoft Exchange, Windows Operating System General Use, and Cisco Networking 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 Word also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know 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.


Computer System Support Administrators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $55K on average.

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Experience Affects System Support Administrator (Computer) Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect System Support Administrator (Computer) Salaries

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Exchange
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Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$49,000

Cisco Networking
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Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Access
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Linux
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Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%
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