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Systems Manager, IT Salary

IT Systems Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $77K per year, but may range from $44K to $126K per year. With some bonuses approaching $18K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $14K, overall incomes of IT Systems Managers spread between $44K and $126K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,627 - $120,246
(Median)
$47K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,926
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$15.63 - $46.71
(Median)
$16
$22
$47
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,627 - $120,246  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,849  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $13,875  
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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$44,267 - $126,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 974
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.63 - $46.71  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $45.21  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,849  
   
Profit Sharing
$506 - $13,875  
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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$44,267 - $126,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | 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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Many IT Systems Managers move into an Information Technology Director role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $101K 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, skills in Linux, UNIX, Project Management, and IT Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 19 percent. 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. 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

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $57K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $74K. IT Systems Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $86K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $98K.

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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
$78,000



Skills That Affect Systems Manager, IT Salaries

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UNIX
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SQL
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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National Average
$78,000

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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%
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