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Systems Manager, IT Salary (United States)

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (around one in three) of final income for IT Systems Managers. That final number averages out to $79K across the industry. Total cash compensation to IT Systems Managers bottoms out near $45K and approaches $126K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $19K from bonuses and almost $15K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. In this field, men are more common than women; 86 percent of IT Systems Managers are male. Work is enjoyable for IT Systems Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Systems Manager, IT Salary (?
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$47,548 - $119,978
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MEDIAN: $77,764
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Systems Manager, IT Salary (?
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$13.70 - $43.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,548 - $119,978  
   
Bonus
$1.00 - $18,563  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $14,967  
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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$45,101 - $125,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,054
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Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $43.95  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $48.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1.00 - $18,563  
   
Profit Sharing
$993 - $14,967  
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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$45,101 - $125,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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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Additional career progression can often lead to a hefty increase in pay for IT Systems Managers. Many move into an Information Technology Director role where pay averages at $100K per year.

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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 UNIX, Linux, Project Management, and IT Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 17 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Word as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Information Technology Support also know 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $74K on average — a distinctly larger sum. IT Systems Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $87K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $98K. IT Systems Managers with 10 to 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with one to 10 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Portland
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Minneapolis
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Houston
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Los Angeles
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Boston
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Chicago
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New York
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Dallas
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Atlanta
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National Average
$79,000
Cincinnati
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St. Louis
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For those looking to make money, IT Systems Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 64 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Portland, Minneapolis, Houston, and Los Angeles, where IT Systems Managers typically earn around 32 percent, 28 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent more than usual. Location significantly influences compensation, with Memphis IT Systems Managers earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (18 percent less) and St. Louis (16 percent less).

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Experience Affects Systems Manager, IT Salaries

National Average
$79,000

Skills That Affect Systems Manager, IT Salaries

UNIX
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SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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$79,000
Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 338 votes.

Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%