Entry-Level Systems Administrator Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Systems Administrators come in at around $54K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Systems Administrators varies from $36K to $74K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K each. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,842 - $73,566
$39K
$54K
$74K
MEDIAN: $53,850
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90%

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$14.37 - $30.68
$14
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,842 - $73,566  
   
Bonus
$196.90 - $6,099  
Profit Sharing
$196.78 - $5,872  
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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$35,586 - $73,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.37 - $30.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.63  
Overtime
$21.68 - $45.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$196.90 - $6,099  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$196.78 - $5,872  
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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$35,586 - $73,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 906

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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. Entry-Level Systems Administrators flock to Raytheon Co. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $64K lead the pack in compensation.

Northrop Grumman Corporation doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $57K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $83K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,456

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

Entry-Level Systems Administrators will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Entry-Level Systems Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+26 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and Seattle (+20 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, Portland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 572 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
25%
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Skills That Affect Systems Administrator Salaries

▲7%

▲6%



Windows Server 2008 R2
▲1%


Windows Server 2012 R2
▼0%

National Average
$52,000








Microsoft Word
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 572 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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