Systems Administrator Salary

The average salary for a Systems Administrator is $60,084 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$41,587 - $84,929
$42K
$60K
$85K
MEDIAN: $60,084
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$15.07 - $36.47
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MEDIAN: $23.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,587 - $84,929  
   
Bonus
$205.62 - $7,206  
Profit Sharing
$301.61 - $7,691  
Commission
$4,500  
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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$39,896 - $85,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7,021
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.07 - $36.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.63  
Overtime
$22.38 - $49.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$205.62 - $7,206  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$301.61 - $7,691  
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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$39,896 - $85,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,463

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Job Description for Systems Administrator

Systems administrators - also called sysadmins - are responsible for ensuring their organization's computer systems are well maintained and operate reliably. Tasks performed by systems administrators include performing regular systems and security monitoring, handling backup procedures and helping set up, maintain and delete user accounts as required. They are also responsible for developing and maintaining relevant procedures and standards. ensuring that hardware and systems work as expected and maintaining archives as needed. Additionally, systems administrators provide technical support related to systems within their organization as needed . They also handle patches and upgrades to ensure that systems are maximally efficient and effective.

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Systems Administrator Tasks

  • Build, configure, and troubleshoot software and hardware enhancements, application deployments and infrastructure up-grades.
  • Diagnose and correct computer systems issues.
  • Provide hands-on system administration support, system maintenance and operations support.
  • Recommend software and hardware enhancements.

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Pay by Experience Level for Systems Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Systems Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Systems Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 3,995 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Systems Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 3,455 salaries. An experienced Systems Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 2,662 salaries. A Systems Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 555 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,472

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Systems Administrator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Systems Administrator?

Systems Administrator in Merrimack:
"Great place to work."
Pros: Great team, good support, extremely cohesive work atmosphere, good benefits, adequately challenging.
Cons: Telecommuting is discouraged. Requires work formal wear including ties even for back office staff.

Systems Administrator in Alpharetta:
"Great company."
Pros: Lots of opportunity, room to grow, and responsibility to be had if you can handle the workload. The company is making smart decisions internally. I would partner with or even buy from my company in the future.
Cons: There can be so much work to do, that you don't have time to catch up some times.

Systems Administrator in Orlando:
"Beginners Luck."
Pros: The dynamics change through out the day or week. Lots for me to learn. Great direct manager & the employees have little to no drama. Overall, the company has approved the budget to get what is needed to complete the job. Very little is done after hours. Most issues are seen as 'it can wait till the next business day'. Only the most catastrophic of issues would require me to work during my 'off hours' or have my weekend interrupted.
Cons: Business dress is required. I'd like the dress casual & wear sneakers due to the amount of crawling, lifting, walking - sometimes power walking, is done. Sometimes executives have 'minor' issues that seem like a big deal for them & that can be distracting at times. Frustrating more when in the middle of a call with a vendor as you're trying to get a system back in working order via tech support.

Systems Administrator in Southfield:
"Room for Improvement."
Pros: Management realizes that we are more than just employees and allows us to have flexibility to take care of responsibilities which may arise. I enjoy the challenges which come with my position, much of which is problem solving in a variety of ways.
Cons: Often times feel there are unneeded challenges which are created by lack of communication or understanding of duties around the office. It can be boring at times. I also feel stagnant in my position and would enjoy it more if I were learning a bit more through work.

Systems Administrator in Houston:
"System Administrator, a face past goal driven, exciting job."
Pros: Job responsibilities, working as a team to resolve issues and achieve goals.
Cons: Pay, late hours sometimes, no comp time for long hours.

Systems Administrator in Wichita Falls:
Pros: Freedom to create projects, working with users, doing tech work, writing scripts, working with many different disciplines of civil engineering.
Cons: No where to go, pay seems low, Gov't contract, horrible office politics.

Systems Administrator in Wheelersburg:
Pros: Relatively low stress, freedom to operate independently with little supervision.
Cons: Wide swath of responsibilities, many falling outside of my job description (i.e. Project management, graphic/web design, photography, anything that runs on electricity, etc). Lack of support from other departments. Overwork as the only full-time IT staff. Immediate response required for major issues.

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Key Stats for Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1252 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Systems Administrator Salaries

▲23%

▲15%

▲3%

National Average
$59,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Systems Administrator Salaries

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National Average
$59,000






Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1252 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 11%
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