$83,445
Avg. Salary
$37.40
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$4,917

Profit Sharing

$3,949

Commission

$6,000

The average pay for a Senior Systems Administrator is C$32.29 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior Systems Administrator is C$75,400 per year.

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$0$116K
Salary $60,272 - $111,919
Bonus $720 - $11,768
Profit Sharing $492 - $11,335
Commission $6,000
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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$59,424 - $116,002
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,868
Hourly Data $0$75
Hourly Rate $22.25 - $56.65
Hourly Tips $0.57
Overtime $29.65 - $75.16
Annual Data $0$116K
Bonus $720 - $11,768
Commission $6,000
Profit Sharing $492 - $11,335
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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$59,424 - $116,002
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 358

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.

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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Systems Administrator


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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.

Senior Systems Administrator Job Listings

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

National Average: $84,612

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

Senior Systems Administrator Advice

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

Senior Systems Administrator in Pittsburgh:
"Study Up."
Get more Citrix and Exchange experience.

Senior Systems Administrator in Chicago:
You can't move forward in your career if you are not willing to impart your knowledge to others.

Senior Systems Administrator in Duluth:
"Attention to detail, read read read ..."
You better know what your resume said you knew... Go slow and steady, learn every day, pay attention to all details, problems will be found in details that look out of place. Call in as much expertise to fix things as you can/need... Read everything you can about what you are responsible for, Google is your friend...

Senior Systems Administrator in Philadelphia:
"Daily Mental Exercise."
Pros: Working as a Senior Systems Administrator for a small EdTech company gives me the chance to constantly exercise my problem-solving skills as I solve day-to-day problems and analyze what can be done more efficiently.
Cons: Because my company is closely linked to schools, it is also highly influenced by the school calendar, which can mean a very high volume of work at key parts of the year (especially around September 'back-to-school time). As my company is quite small, a very high workload can be placed on me during these peak-times.

Senior Systems Administrator in Indianapolis:
"Move to San Diego and be a beach bum."
Don't join the rat race, the USA will pay your way even if you are lazy.

Senior Systems Administrator in Arlington:
"Get Certified."
Experience is great, and will help you get "a job", but certifications can help seal the deal on a better job.

Senior Systems Administrator in Troy:
Be able to see the whole picture and know how each part plays in it.

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Key Stats for Senior Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 754 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Senior Systems Administrator Salaries

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$85,000

▼6%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Senior Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 754 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 9%