System Support Administrator (Computer) Salary

Computer System Support Administrators in the United States take home approximately $52K per year on average. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Computer System Support Administrators survey respondents are men (78 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$35,641 - $78,165
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$78K
MEDIAN: $51,753
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$14.39 - $28.83
(Median)
$14
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Computer System Support Administrators move into roles as Senior Systems Administrators, where pay is an average $77K per year. Career advancement for the typical Computer System Support Administrator often leads to becoming a Windows Server System Administrator or an Information Technology Manager; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for System Support Administrator (Computer)


Computer System Support Administrators report using a deep pool of 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. 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 (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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $54K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Computer System Support Administrators make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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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
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Cisco Networking
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Linux
up arrow 14%

Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
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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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