Senior Systems Administrator Salary
|Salary||$59,844 - $109,977|
|Bonus||$508 - $11,093|
|Profit Sharing||$491.32 - $12,000|
|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).)
|$59,153 - $113,634|
|Hourly Rate||$21.89 - $55.32|
|Overtime||$30.78 - $74.75|
|Bonus||$508 - $11,093|
|Profit Sharing||$491.32 - $12,000|
|Total Pay (||$59,153 - $113,634|
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.Read More...
Most companies require their senior systems administrators to have, at the very least, an associate's degree in computer science or related field. Training and work experience in computer programming, computer science, computer engineering, mathematics and statistics will be very helpful for these kinds of positions, and people with extensive computer system backgrounds will likely be highly considered. Also, many companies prefer that their senior systems administrators have at least five years of system administration experience. Along with these requirements, senior systems engineers should keep up to date on all of the new technologies since they are ever changing. This will help in making decisions that will be the best for their company in the long run. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
Though it's uncommon, some Senior Systems Administrators move into roles as Information Technology Architects, where pay is an average $110K per year. The most common promotion for Senior Systems Administrators is an Information Technology Manager position, which usually brings in $78K a year. Another standard transition for Senior Systems Administrators seeking advancement is to assume a Senior Systems Engineer role, where pay is often $89K.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Systems Administrator
Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Systems Administrators, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, Lockheed Martin Corp, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Dell, Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, AT&T Inc. offers the most; Senior Systems Administrators earn $117K on average there. Other leaders in compensation levels are Dell, Inc. at $94K, BAE Systems Inc. at $93K, and Lockheed Martin Corp, where Senior Systems Administrators annually earn $89K.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) at $68K, and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) where $78K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Senior Systems Administrators there earn up to $99K.
Popular Skills for Senior Systems Administrator
Survey takers working as Senior Systems Administrators report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Linux, Virtualization, VMware ESX, and Storage Area Networking (SAN) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Network Management / Administration, and Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those who know Microsoft Active Directory also know VMware ESX.
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 $72,000 based on 290 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 $79,000 based on 831 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 $85,000 based on 1,287 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 $92,000 based on 414 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Senior Systems Administrators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Senior Systems Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+14 percent), Washington (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.
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