$59,935
Avg. Salary
$22.24
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,017

Bonus

$1,945

Profit Sharing

$2,250

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a System Administrator, Computer / Network is $22.24 per hour.

The average pay for a System Administrator, Computer / Network is $59,935 per year.

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$14.89
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$22.24
50%
$34.58
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MEDIAN $22.24
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$41k
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$60k
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$86k
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MEDIAN $59,935
$41,393 - $85,945
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MEDIAN: $59,935
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$0$85K
Salary $41,393 - $85,945
Bonus $199 - $7,894
Profit Sharing $247 - $4,955
Commission $0.00 - $19,866
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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$39,084 - $85,423
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,343
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $14.89 - $34.58
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $21.46 - $48.83
Annual Data $0$85K
Bonus $199 - $7,894
Commission $0.00 - $19,866
Profit Sharing $247 - $4,955
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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$39,084 - $85,423
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,269

Job Description for System Administrator, Computer / Network

A computer/network system administrator is responsible for the maintenance of the technological systems of an organization. The position typically requires a B.A. in a field such as computer science or information technology, and related engineering certifications (for example by Microsoft or Cisco) are also preferred. A system administrator must be flexible, able to manage a variety of tasks and problems, and have good troubleshooting skills. Communication skills, both verbal and written, are also essential. A system administrator will also often be responsible for handling confidential information and data; certain government positions require a security clearance. The specific technological knowledge and skills vary widely according to the specific needs of the business or organization, but will include a range of hardware, programs, and systems, including standard Microsoft business software. The system administrator will install, configure, maintain, and upgrade Microsoft Windows server operating systems and applications and other systems as appropriate, and will recognize and troubleshoot problems with server hardware and applications software. Other responsibilities may include establishing and documenting standards and procedures, maintaining inventory of technological devices, working with outside vendors, and maintaining backup systems. The job requires flexibility to coordinate with other schedules and may require work after normal business hours. Depending on the layout of the business, significant physical activity is also potentially necessary. A system administrator may be hired directly by an organization to provide service for its technological needs, or may work for a technology consulting firm which provides system administration services to a variety of customers. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)

Common Career Paths for System Administrator, Computer / Network


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Network System Administrators who go on to become Information Technology Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Information Technology Directors is $103K annually. It is quite typical for Network System Administrators to transition into roles as Information Technology Managers or Senior Systems Administrators, where reported median earnings are $20K and $21K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for System Administrator, Computer / Network


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Storage Area Networking, Cisco Networking, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those proficient in Microsoft Active Directory are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office and Cisco Networking.

Pay by Experience Level for System Administrator, Computer / Network

Pay by Experience for a System Administrator, Computer / Network has a positive trend. An entry-level System Administrator, Computer / Network with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,104 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A System Administrator, Computer / Network with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 971 salaries. An experienced System Administrator, Computer / Network which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 851 salaries. A System Administrator, Computer / Network with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 208 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,161

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

For Network System Administrators, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Network System Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent), San Antonio (+14 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 11 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Indianapolis and 5 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for System Administrator, Computer / Network

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1101 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries

▲18%

▲11%

▼0%

National Average
$58,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect System Administrator, Computer / Network Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1101 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 16%