Systems Manager, IT Salary

IT Systems Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $83K annually, but may range from $52K to $138K per year. In the world of IT Systems Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $19K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $13K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $52K and $138K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Male IT Systems Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$52,924 - $127,908
$53K
$83K
$130K
MEDIAN: $82,516
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$15.74 - $62.83
$16
$27
$63
MEDIAN: $27.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,924 - $127,908  
   
Bonus
$604 - $19,290  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $12,605  
Total Pay (?
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$51,512 - $138,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 350
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.74 - $62.83  
   
Overtime
$37.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$604 - $19,290  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $12,605  
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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$51,512 - $138,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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Job Description for Systems Manager, IT

An information technology (IT) systems manager performs all the necessary maintenance, support, design, and modifications to keep networks, software, and other virtual environment infrastructures functional and up to date. They communicate and delegate tasks to IT developers and ensure backups and updates are completed regularly. They also make detailed plans to accomplish goals and provide training and support to their staff. They also create expense budgets for the equipment and often report to executive or senior management. They must ensure their software adheres to corporate safety expectations and licensing laws, especially when employed in finance, to prevent fraud and protect secured data. They are also typically in charge of purchasing hardware and software for servers and work stations.

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Systems Manager, IT Tasks

  • Assist users with software, hardware, and connectivity issues.
  • Recommend, install, configure, maintain, and upgrade all computer and networking software and hardware for use in an office, department, or small company.
  • Monitor network and systems for performance, security,and other issues.
  • Install, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot file, email, and authentication servers, as well as Internet access and other networked services.

Common Career Paths for Systems Manager, IT


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IT Systems Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Information Technology Services. The average Director of Information Technology Services brings home $106K per year. An Information Technology Director role is the most common promotion for IT Systems Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $103K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for IT Systems Managers is an Information Systems Manager position, where earnings are usually $70K.

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Popular Skills for Systems Manager, IT


Survey takers working as IT Systems Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Project Management, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Network Management / Administration, and Cisco Networking. Those proficient in Information Technology Support are, more often than not, also skilled in Network Management / Administration and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Systems Manager, IT

Pay by Experience for a Systems Manager, IT has a positive trend. An entry-level Systems Manager, IT with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 83 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Systems Manager, IT with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 139 salaries. An experienced Systems Manager, IT which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 192 salaries. A Systems Manager, IT with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 64 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,498

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For IT Systems Managers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. IT Systems Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+19 percent), Las Vegas (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). In Cincinnati, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Cleveland and Salt Lake City earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 11 percent.

Systems Manager, IT Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Systems Manager, IT?

Systems Manager, IT in Birmingham:
"Flexible hours, low key atmosphere."
Pros: I love that I can make my own hours, I don't have a dress code, and my boss is fantastic.
Cons: The pay is too low, I do not receive benefits.

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Key Stats for Systems Manager, IT

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Systems Manager, IT Salaries

▲29%

▲10%

National Average
$84,000

▼1%

▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%