Systems Manager, IT Salary

Slightly less than two-thirds of IT Systems Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $51K to $139K per year, but median earnings come to around $83K per year. Total cash compensation to IT Systems Managers approaches anywhere from $51K on the lower end to $139K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $19K from bonuses and upwards of $13K from profit sharing. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of IT Systems Managers (87 percent) survey respondents are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$52,443 - $129,649
$52K
$83K
$130K
MEDIAN: $83,392
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$15.21 - $59.18
$15
$27
$59
MEDIAN: $26.72
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,443 - $129,649  
   
Bonus
$604 - $19,271  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $13,395  
Total Pay (?
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$50,737 - $138,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 378
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $59.18  
   
Overtime
$17.52 - $62.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$604 - $19,271  
   
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $13,395  
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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$50,737 - $138,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Systems Manager, IT


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As IT Systems Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Director of Information Technology Services, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Directors of IT Services earn $106K on average per year. The most common career progression for IT Systems Managers leads to becoming an Information Technology Director, where average pay is $103K annually. However, many IT Systems Managers also opt to become Information Systems Managers. Typically, an Information Systems Manager brings home $70K.

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Popular Skills for Systems Manager, IT


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Project Management, IT Management, 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, Cisco Networking, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Information Technology Support indicates knowledge of Network Management / Administration and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Systems Manager, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


IT Systems Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $65K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $82K. IT Systems Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $91K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $105K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,831

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For IT Systems Managers, Boston provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. IT Systems Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), Portland (+27 percent), and Minneapolis (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cincinnati. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Dallas (12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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 60 votes.
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Systems Manager, IT Salaries

▲24%

▲7%

National Average
$85,000

▼3%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Systems Manager, IT Salaries

▲5%


IT Management
▼0%

Microsoft SQL Server
▼0%

Microsoft Exchange
▼0%

National Average
$85,000




SQL
▼10%







Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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