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Systems Manager, IT Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (close to one-third on average) of overall compensation for IT Systems Managers, and the median take-home for this group lies near $79K. Final cash compensation to IT Systems Managers varies from around $45K to approximately $126K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $19K and $13K, respectively. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of IT Systems Managers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for IT Systems Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$47,433 - $120,014
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MEDIAN: $77,424
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$14.90 - $43.46
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$47,433 - $120,014  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,639  
Profit Sharing
$967 - $13,222  
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$45,076 - $125,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,025
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$14.90 - $43.46  
   
Overtime
$1.64 - $49.13  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,639  
   
Profit Sharing
$967 - $13,222  
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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$45,076 - $125,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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 Systems Managers often transition into upper level Information Technology Director positions, where pay tends to be much higher. On average, Information Technology Directors earn $100K 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 SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $75K. IT Systems Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $86K. IT Systems Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $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
$79,000



Skills That Affect Systems Manager, IT Salaries

UNIX
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SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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$79,000

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 306 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%