Systems Administrator Salary

The average salary for a Systems Administrator is $59,091 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$40,555 - $82,175
(Median)
$41K
$59K
$82K
MEDIAN: $59,091
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$14.77 - $34.39
(Median)
$15
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,555 - $82,175  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,006  
Profit Sharing
$406.05 - $6,635  
Commission
$-0.49 - $11,792  
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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$38,760 - $82,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,440
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $34.39  
   
Overtime
$21.50 - $49.24  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,006  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $11,792  
Profit Sharing
$406.05 - $6,635  
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).
)
$38,760 - $82,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,959
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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 Nashville:
"The breakdown."
Pros: Great atmosphere, always learning new things, low stress, great people, great benefits.
Cons: Pay.

Systems Administrator in Alpharetta:
"Challenging Position working with a team of smart people."
Pros: - People I work with are professionals, everyone contributes, no drama. - The work is challenging but we are given the resources to get the job done. - We have sufficient time for projects. - Best practices are utilized. - Managers are helping us to be successful (except for the training, see below)
Cons: - Physical environment leaves something to be desired; quarters are tight, illness is passed easily from cube to cube. - Break room is small and people don't clean up after themselves. - No money for classroom training; all training is self-directed and self funded for the most part unless part of a capital project. - Ticketing system is cumbersome and not visually well designed.

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
$58,000


Skills That Affect Systems Administrator Salaries


System Administration
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Linux
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Windows 2003 Server
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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National Average
$58,000

Microsoft Active Directory
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Microsoft Exchange
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Cisco Networking
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Windows Support
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2173 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 10%
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