What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

System Support Administrator (Computer) Salary

The average Computer System Support Administrator in the United States earns approximately $51K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer System Support Administrators. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer System Support Administrators who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$35,443 - $77,250
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,549
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$13.47 - $27.42
(Median)
$13
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,443 - $77,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,949  
Profit Sharing
$814 - $11,933  
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).
)
$33,903 - $72,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 223
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $27.42  
   
Overtime
$18.47 - $45.67  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,949  
   
Profit Sharing
$814 - $11,933  
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).
)
$33,903 - $72,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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)


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


While not commonly seen, Computer System Support Administrators who transition into a Senior Systems Administrator position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Systems Administrators is $77K per year. Computer System Support Administrators most often move into positions as Windows Server System Administrators or Information Technology Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $27K higher, respectively.

System Support Administrator Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for System Support Administrator (Computer)


Computer System Support Administrators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 Access also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $51K. Computer System Support Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $55K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Experience Affects System Support Administrator (Computer) Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect System Support Administrator (Computer) Salaries

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$49,000

Cisco Networking
up arrow 1%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 2%



Microsoft Access
up arrow 9%

Linux
up arrow 12%

Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 15%
ADVERTISEMENT