Systems Manager, IT Salary

IT Systems Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up around three in five of IT Systems Managers. Pay fluctuates from $52K to $135K per year, but expected earnings average $82K per year. Total cash compensation to IT Systems Managers bottoms out near $52K and approaches $135K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $13K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up the vast majority of IT Systems Managers (87 percent) who took the survey. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,931 - $125,125
$53K
$82K
$130K
MEDIAN: $82,364
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$15.43 - $53.33
$15
$27
$53
MEDIAN: $26.89
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,931 - $125,125  
   
Bonus
$596 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $13,000  
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).
)
$51,648 - $134,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $53.33  
   
Overtime
$36.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$596 - $19,866  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $13,000  
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).
)
$51,648 - $134,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


For IT Systems Managers, progressing to a Director of Information Technology Services role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Director of Information Technology Services can earn $106K annually. 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.

Systems Manager, IT Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Systems Manager, IT


IT Systems Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Project Management, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Network Management / Administration, and Cisco Networking. Those educated in Information Technology Support tend to be well versed 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: $84,187

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

Home to some of the best pay for IT Systems Managers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. IT Systems Managers will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+28 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), Las Vegas (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cincinnati. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (11 percent less) and Salt Lake City (10 percent less).

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.

Related Job Salaries

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
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
16%
ADVERTISEMENT
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

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
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 10%
ADVERTISEMENT