Systems Manager, IT Salary

IT Systems Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $77K per year on average but can range from $44K to $126K per year. Overall cash earnings for IT Systems Managers stretch from $44K on the lower end to $126K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $18K from bonuses and $13K from profit sharing. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of IT Systems Managers are male. Most IT Systems Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$46,780 - $120,135
(Median)
$47K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,974
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$15.70 - $43.72
(Median)
$16
$22
$44
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,780 - $120,135  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,970  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $12,577  
Total Pay (?
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$44,442 - $125,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 961
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.70 - $43.72  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $57.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,970  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $12,577  
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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$44,442 - $125,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.

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IT Systems Managers often transition into Information Technology Director positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Information Technology Directors earn $101K 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 Linux, UNIX, Project Management, and IT Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Microsoft Word as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Windows Operating System General Use 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of IT Systems Managers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $57K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $74K. IT Systems Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $86K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $99K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 256 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
48%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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