Systems Manager, IT Salary

IT Systems Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent nearly two in three of IT Systems Managers. Salaries average out to around $77K per year and spread from $45K to $125K per year. Total cash compensation to IT Systems Managers approaches anywhere from $45K on the lower end to $125K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $18K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for IT Systems Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male IT Systems Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$46,793 - $120,043
(Median)
$47K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,307
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$15.66 - $43.89
(Median)
$16
$22
$44
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,793 - $120,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,741  
Profit Sharing
$710 - $14,795  
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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$44,531 - $125,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 996
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.66 - $43.89  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $45.97  
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 - $17,741  
   
Profit Sharing
$710 - $14,795  
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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$44,531 - $125,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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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While IT Systems Managers do not often become Information Technology Directors, the job pays $101K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Systems Manager, IT


Survey results imply that IT Systems Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Linux, Project Management, and IT Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 18 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 experienced in 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.


IT Systems Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $57K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $74K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For IT Systems Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. 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 $97K.

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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

UNIX
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IT Management
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SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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National Average
$78,000

Cisco Networking
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 285 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
49%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%