System Support Administrator (Computer) Salary

For Computer System Support Administrators, yearly average wages total $51K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer System Support Administrators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,698 - $76,666
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,655
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$14.03 - $28.00
(Median)
$14
$21
$28
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,698 - $76,666  
   
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 - $72,810  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.03 - $28.00  
   
Overtime
$18.35 - $45.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
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$34,357 - $72,810  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95

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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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There are some Computer System Support Administrators — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Systems Administrators, where earnings are an average $77K annually. It is quite typical for Computer System Support Administrators to transition into roles as Windows Server System Administrators or Information Technology Managers, where reported median earnings are $11K and $27K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for System Support Administrator (Computer)


Computer System Support Administrators report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to 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.


For Computer System Support Administrators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. Computer System Support Administrators bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $57K.

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Experience Affects System Support Administrator (Computer) Salaries




National Average
$50,000


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
$50,000

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 63 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 16%