Systems Manager, IT Salary

IT Systems Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $45K to $126K per year, median earnings come to $79K per year. Total incomes of IT Systems Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $18K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $45K and $126K. Residence and career length 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Systems Managers. Men make up the vast majority of IT Systems Managers (85 percent) who took the survey. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,062 - $120,613
(Median)
$48K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,344
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$16.08 - $42.72
(Median)
$16
$23
$43
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,062 - $120,613  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,787  
Profit Sharing
$959 - $10,416  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$45,190 - $125,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 941
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.08 - $42.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.72  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,787  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$959 - $10,416  
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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$45,190 - $125,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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.

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IT Systems Managers who advance into the role of an Information Technology Director are fairly uncommon. Information Technology Directors on average earn $102K per year.

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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, facility with Linux, VMware ESX, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Word as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Windows Operating System General Use also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Information Technology Support are similarly competent in 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $58K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $78K. IT Systems Managers bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,878

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Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, IT Systems Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. IT Systems Managers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+47 percent), Los Angeles (+42 percent), Minneapolis (+24 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Dallas and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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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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Experience Affects Systems Manager, IT Salaries



National Average
$81,000



Skills That Affect Systems Manager, IT Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 222 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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