The average pay for a Senior Systems Administrator is C$74,857 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

C$55,865 - C$93,094
C$56K
C$75K
C$93K
MEDIAN: C$74,740
10%
50%
90%
C$24.17 - C$57.93
C$24
C$31
C$58
MEDIAN: C$30.97
10%
50%
90%
C$0C$97K
Salary C$55,865 - C$93,094
Bonus C$505 - C$9,894
Profit Sharing C$1,000 - C$9,000
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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C$56,238 - C$97,057
  • Country: Canada
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 473
Hourly Data C$0C$87
Hourly Rate C$24.17 - C$57.93
Overtime C$30.10 - C$87.83
Annual Data C$0C$97K
Bonus C$505 - C$9,894
Profit Sharing C$1,000 - C$9,000
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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C$56,238 - C$97,057
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 36

Job Description for Senior Systems Administrator

Senior system administrators manage a team of system administrators as well as other employees of the IT department. They are responsible for designing, planning, putting into place, and having the highest level of performance as an expert in the system administration for computers and their complex operating systems. With this, senior system administrators research and select upgrades, software and other necessities for their company's computer systems. They also work with other administrators and the IT department to resolve or implement new hardware for computers, printers and other service systems for the company. Senior administrators are also responsible for training and supervising new employees that would work under them. They must be well versed in technology and have a strong ability to plan, organize, evaluate and redesign system designs to have them work better for the company. In addition, senior systems administrators must have strong communication skills (both verbal and written), be a team player and perform difficult tasks well under pressure.

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Senior Systems Administrator Tasks

  • Diagnose and correct computer systems issues.
  • Configure and troubleshoot software and hardware enhancements, application deployments and infrastructure up-grades.
  • Lead a team of systems administrators to manage servers and other computer system aspects of a company.

Common Career Paths for Senior Systems Administrator


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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Systems Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Senior Systems Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Systems Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$66,000 based on 23 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Systems Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$72,000 based on 90 salaries. An experienced Senior Systems Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$77,000 based on 174 salaries. A Senior Systems Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$78,000 based on 46 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: C$75,843

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Senior Systems Administrator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Systems Administrator?

Senior Systems Administrator in Burnaby:
"Must like problem solving."
A big help would be a natural ability to problem solve and a definite interest in solving the unknown.

Senior Systems Administrator in Toronto:
"ORION "
Pros: Challenging Progress Disaster recovery Storage administration Solution architecture Dealing with Vendors
Cons: Extra hours of work

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Key Stats for Senior Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Senior Systems Administrator Salaries

▲3%

▲2%

National Average
C$76,000

▼5%

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 7%