The average salary for a Systems Administrator in Canada is C$59,619.
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What Do Systems Administrators Do?
Systems administrators - also called sysadmins - are responsible for ensuring their organization's computer systems are well maintained and operate reliably. Tasks performed by systems administrators include performing regular systems and security monitoring, handling backup procedures and helping set up, maintain and delete user accounts as required. They are also responsible for developing and maintaining relevant procedures and standards. ensuring that hardware and systems work as expected an…Read more
Systems Administrator Tasks
- Provide hands-on system administration support, system maintenance and operations support.
- Recommend software and hardware enhancements.
- Build, configure, and troubleshoot software and hardware enhancements, application deployments and infrastructure up-grades.
- Diagnose and correct computer systems issues.
Job Satisfaction for Systems Administrator
Popular Employer Salaries for Systems Administrator
The top respondents for the job title Systems Administrator are from the companies KPMG, LLP, VerticalScope and Laura Canada. Reported salaries are highest at Boehmer Box where the average pay is C$64,485. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include KPMG, LLP and CGI Group Inc., earning around C$59,223 and C$51,415, respectively. VerticalScope pays the lowest at around C$42,977. Laura Canada and Distributel also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying C$48,810 and C$51,120, respectively.
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What Are Popular Skills for Systems Administrators?
Skills in System Administration, Network Management / Administration, Windows Server 2012 R2 and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Active Directory.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Systems Administrators?
An entry-level Systems Administrator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of C$46,270 based on 22 salaries. An early career Systems Administrator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$51,586 based on 477 salaries. A mid-career Systems Administrator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$61,440 based on 452 salaries. An experienced Systems Administrator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$68,153 based on 418 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$70,791.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Systems Administrator in their job title in Edmonton, Alberta earn an average of 14.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Calgary, Alberta (6.7% more) and Toronto, Ontario (3.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Winnipeg, Manitoba (13.9% less) and Ottawa, Ontario (6.9% less).
Years of Experience
This data is based on 1,486 survey responses.