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Systems Manager, IT Salary

The majority of IT Systems Managers in the United States — just under two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $44K to $126K per year, and the median is $77K annually. Final cash compensation to IT Systems Managers varies from around $44K to approximately $126K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $18K and $14K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, IT Systems Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority (85 percent) of IT Systems Managers who answered the questionnaire are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,638 - $120,230
(Median)
$47K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,946
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50%
90%

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$15.73 - $45.91
(Median)
$16
$22
$46
MEDIAN: $22.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,638 - $120,230  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,970  
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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$44,405 - $126,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 975
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.73 - $45.91  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $46.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,970  
   
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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$44,405 - $126,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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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


IT Systems Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, UNIX, Project Management, and IT Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 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. It is often found that people who know Information Technology Support are also skilled 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of IT Systems Managers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $57K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $74K. IT Systems Managers see a median salary of $85K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $98K.

Systems Manager, IT Reviews

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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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 274 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
22%
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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