Entry-Level Systems Administrators can expect to earn an average of $54K per year. Total cash earnings of Entry-Level Systems Administrators range from $36K on the low end to $73K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,473 - $73,021
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MEDIAN: $53,522
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,473 - $73,021  
   
Bonus
$196.27 - $6,043  
Profit Sharing
$203.73 - $5,444  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$35,532 - $73,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $30.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.63  
Overtime
$21.60 - $44.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$196.27 - $6,043  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$203.73 - $5,444  
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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$35,532 - $73,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 909
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Entry-Level Systems Administrators fill the offices of leading firms Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Co., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and SRA International, Inc. Raytheon Co. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $64K.

With a median salary of $57K, Northrop Grumman Corporation provides Entry-Level Systems Administrators with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $83K, limiting employee salary growth.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,203

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

For Entry-Level Systems Administrators, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Systems Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+27 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and New York (+14 percent).

Systems Administrator Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Systems Administrator Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 592 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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