Systems Administrator Salary (United States)

A Systems Administrator earns an average salary of $56,505 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. A skill in VMware ESX is associated with high pay for this job.
Systems Administrator Total Pay (?
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$39,586 - $79,761
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MEDIAN: $56,504
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Systems Administrator Total Pay (?
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$14.40 - $34.06
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,586 - $79,761  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,211  
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $6,928  
Commission
$0.00 - $9,826  
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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$37,225 - $80,548  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10,458
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $34.06  
   
Overtime
$20.62 - $49.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,211  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $9,826  
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $6,928  
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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$37,225 - $80,548  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10,458
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Job Description for Systems Administrator
Systems administrators are essential to the operation of most businesses. The system administrator is tasked with creating computer systems as well as maintaining them, troubleshooting them for co-workers, and documenting their systems. Becoming a systems administrator is a challenging profession. There is no degree that one can earn to become a systems administrator. Having a bachelor's degree in computer science or computer engineering will help, but systems administrators will primarily need to be self-taught.
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Systems Administrator Tasks
  • Provide hands-on system administration support, system maintenance and operations support.
  • Recommend software and hardware enhancements.
  • Build, configure, and troubleshoot software and hardware enhancements, application deployments and infrastructure up-grades.
  • Diagnose and correct computer systems issues.
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What is it like working as a Systems Administrator?
Systems Administrator in Azusa:
"Customer Service Excellence."
Pros: Communication and collaboration on solution generating ideas.
Cons: High stress during defined times of the year not great times.
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Experience Affects Systems Administrator Salaries

National Average
$56,000

Skills That Affect Systems Administrator Salaries

Microsoft Active Directory
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Linux
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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SQL
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National Average
$56,000
Microsoft Exchange
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Windows Support
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Cisco Networking
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Network Management / Administration
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Gender
Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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