Systems Manager, IT Salary

With just under two-thirds of IT Systems Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $45K to $126K per year and averages out to $79K per year. Overall cash earnings for IT Systems Managers stretch from $45K on the lower end to $126K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $18K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men make up the vast majority of IT Systems Managers (85 percent) who took the survey. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$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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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 (?
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Information Technology Directors. That role pays $102K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Systems Manager, IT


IT Systems Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. 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. 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.


For many IT Systems Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $58K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $78K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $87K. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $101K — the plum median salary in this group.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,878

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

With a pay rate for IT Systems Managers that is 49 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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 is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (15 percent lower) and Columbus (10 percent lower).

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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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