Systems Manager, IT Salary

With about three-fifths of IT Systems Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $52K to $139K per year and averages out to $83K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $13K, respectively — total cash payment to IT Systems Managers can bottom out near $52K or peak near $139K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Male IT Systems Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most IT Systems Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$53,041 - $129,047
$53K
$83K
$130K
MEDIAN: $83,110
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$14.90 - $55.37
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$27
$55
MEDIAN: $26.54
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$0$138K
Salary $53,041 - $129,047
Bonus $491.94 - $19,964
Profit Sharing $489.36 - $13,087
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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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$52,140 - $138,591
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 311
Hourly Data $0$55
Hourly Rate $14.90 - $55.37
Overtime $36.49
Annual Data $0$138K
Bonus $491.94 - $19,964
Profit Sharing $489.36 - $13,087
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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$52,140 - $138,591
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Director of Information Technology Services, where median compensation is $106K annually. Going from IT Systems Manager to Information Technology Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $103K. Many others choose to work as Information Systems Managers, where pay is typically $70K.

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Popular Skills for Systems Manager, IT


IT Systems Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Project Management, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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: $85,552

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

Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, IT Systems Managers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. IT Systems Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+18 percent), Las Vegas (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. On the whole, employers pay 12 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Cleveland and Salt Lake City.

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

Systems Manager, IT in Remington:
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Pros: Fast paced work environment. Culture. Management team.
Cons: Office conditions. Stress level.

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
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Systems Manager, IT Salaries

▲27%

▲8%

National Average
$86,000

▼3%

▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 8%
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