Entry-Level Systems Administrator Salary

Entry-Level Systems Administrators can expect wages of $54K annually on average. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Systems Administrators — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $36K to approximately $75K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Entry-Level Systems Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$39,282 - $74,068
$39K
$54K
$74K
MEDIAN: $54,069
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$14.40 - $30.75
$14
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,282 - $74,068  
   
Bonus
$199.61 - $6,150  
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $5,701  
Commission
$2,989  
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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$35,966 - $74,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,285
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $30.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.63  
Overtime
$21.50 - $45.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$199.61 - $6,150  
   
Commission
$2,989  
Profit Sharing
$145.44 - $5,701  
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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$35,966 - $74,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 901

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Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Co., SRA International, Inc., and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Systems Administrators. Raytheon Co. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $64K.

Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the least pay with a median salary of $57K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,699

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Systems Administrators, 36 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Systems Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+26 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and New York (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver.

Systems Administrator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Systems Administrator in Raleigh-Durham:
"Talent without work ethic is meaningless."
Work hard and take every assignment you possibly can. Always go above and beyond for your customers.

Systems Administrator in Lehi:
"Certificates."
I could have been earning these certificates since middle school if I knew that they existed.

Systems Administrator in New York:
"Job is all face time full time plus after hours work."
Job is all face time full time plus after hours work, then when you earn more as your become senior/experienced, you get outsourced.

Systems Administrator in Indianapolis:
"Undergraduate degree not important except on paper."
Dedication, self-learning, discipline, aptitude, willing to change.

Systems Administrator in Omaha:
Get the expectations of your job beforehand. Know your pay/benefits, expectations and responsibilities. If you've got problems with an issue ask questions. No one learns unless they ask questions.

Systems Administrator in tobyhanna:
"Pay Attention to emerging technology."
There are so many new technologies invented each day. There are many tools that can be used to make IT jobs a breeze. Pay attention to new ways of doing things and stay abreast of updated methodologies. Many IT workers get into a funk, where they become complacent and refuse to discover new ways of approaching old problems. Don't fall into the abyss.

Systems Administrator in Phoenix:
Learn how to take notes. Focus on best-practices and the proper way to execute on them. Think outside the box.

Key Stats for Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 646 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
26%
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Skills That Affect Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 646 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 13%
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