Systems Manager, IT Salary

With just below two-thirds of IT Systems Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for IT Systems Managers is $77K per year and can range from $45K on the lower end to $125K per year near the higher end. Total incomes of IT Systems Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $18K from bonuses and close to $12K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $45K and $125K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of IT Systems Managers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$46,993 - $119,908
(Median)
$47K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,940
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$15.70 - $43.72
(Median)
$16
$22
$44
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,993 - $119,908  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,091  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $11,836  
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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$44,512 - $125,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 968
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.70 - $43.72  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $57.95  
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 - $18,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $11,836  
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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$44,512 - $125,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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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It's not very common for IT Systems Managers to move on to become Information Technology Directors. Average pay for an Information Technology Director is $101K annually.

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Popular Skills for Systems Manager, IT


IT Systems Managers report using a deep pool 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. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of IT Systems Managers. The average beginner in this position makes around $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $75K. For IT Systems Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $86K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $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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$78,000

Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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