$77,195
Avg. Salary

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$4,200

Profit Sharing

$2,500

Senior Systems Administrators with Network Management / Administration skills tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $74K per year, but may range from $56K to $106K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $56K and hits $106K on the high end. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Systems Administrators with Network Management / Administration skills like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$57,094 - $104,075
$57K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,195
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50%
90%

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$21.81 - $50.82
$22
$34
$51
MEDIAN: $34.13
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$0$109K
Salary $57,094 - $104,075
Bonus $385 - $11,438
Profit Sharing $1,077 - $14,094
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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$56,069 - $109,236
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 642
Hourly Data $0$74
Hourly Rate $21.81 - $50.82
Overtime $29.59 - $74.90
Annual Data $0$109K
Bonus $385 - $11,438
Profit Sharing $1,077 - $14,094
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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$56,069 - $109,236
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 72

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.

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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 $68,000 based on 56 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 $73,000 based on 133 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 $78,000 based on 226 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 $83,000 based on 75 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,158

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

For Senior Systems Administrators with Network Management / Administration skills, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Senior Systems Administrators with Network Management / Administration skills will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent), Boston (+18 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 19 percent below the national average.

Key Stats for Senior Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 163 votes.
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
21%

Experience Affects Senior Systems Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
▲6%

National Average
$78,000

▼1%

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 12%