Systems Manager, IT Salary (United States)

IT Systems Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—approximately two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $45,101 to $125,938 per year, typical earnings come to $78,900 annually. Total cash earnings range from $47,548 on the low end to $119,978 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $18,563 and $14,967, respectively. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and a majority collecting vision insurance. Male IT Systems Managers far outnumber their female counterparys in the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$47,548 - $119,978
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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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Salary
$47,548 - $119,978  
   
Bonus
$1.00 - $18,563  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $14,967  
Total Pay (?
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$45,101 - $125,938  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,054
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$13.70 - $43.95  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $48.53  
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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  
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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 often leads to a hefty increase in pay for IT Systems Managers. At the upper end, those who move into an IT Director role can bring in an extra $21K 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 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. Those familiar with Information Technology (IT) Support also tend to 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 but not all IT Systems Managers, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Starting out, salaries are typically $56K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $88K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and IT Systems Managers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $100K. IT Systems Managers with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with one to 10 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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$79,000
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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for IT Systems Managers, 64 percent above the national average. Portland, Minneapolis, Houston, and Los Angeles are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with IT Systems Managers earning around 32 percent, 28 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent more than average. Compared to the national average, Memphis IT Systems Managers have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Miami and St. Louis earn less than others in this profession; their -18 percent and -16 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Systems Manager, IT Salaries

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$79,000

Skills That Affect Systems Manager, IT Salaries

UNIX
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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