Systems Administrator Salary

The average salary for a Systems Administrator is $60,440 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$42,238 - $85,401
$42K
$61K
$85K
MEDIAN: $60,505
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$15.17 - $36.40
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$23
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MEDIAN: $23.03
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$0$86K
Salary $42,238 - $85,401
Bonus $205 - $7,697
Profit Sharing $304 - $7,033
Commission $0.00 - $15,456
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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$40,169 - $86,324
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 13,169
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $15.17 - $36.40
Hourly Tips $5.26
Overtime $22.50 - $50.46
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $205 - $7,697
Commission $0.00 - $15,456
Profit Sharing $304 - $7,033
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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$40,169 - $86,324
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,870

Job Description for Systems Administrator

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 and maintaining archives as needed. Additionally, systems administrators provide technical support related to systems within their organization as needed . They also handle patches and upgrades to ensure that systems are maximally efficient and effective.

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Systems Administrator Tasks

  • Build, configure, and troubleshoot software and hardware enhancements, application deployments and infrastructure up-grades.
  • Diagnose and correct computer systems issues.
  • Provide hands-on system administration support, system maintenance and operations support.
  • Recommend software and hardware enhancements.

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Pay by Experience Level for Systems Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Systems Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Systems Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 7,558 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $62,000 based on 6,462 salaries. An experienced Systems Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 5,036 salaries. A 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 $74,000 based on 1,063 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,746

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Systems Administrator Reviews

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

Systems Administrator in Jacksonville:
Pros: Ability to work on high profile projects; Easy access to leadership; Bonus potential.
Cons: 55+ Hour work weeks; Large layoffs; Heavy reliance and reward for senior positions only.

Systems Administrator in Merrimack:
"Great place to work."
Pros: Great team, good support, extremely cohesive work atmosphere, good benefits, adequately challenging.
Cons: Telecommuting is discouraged. Requires work formal wear including ties even for back office staff.

Systems Administrator in Santa Ana:
"Seems legit... But I have not seen my results yet soooo...."
Pros: Great questions. Great autofil. Seems like it hits on much of what I do.
Cons: Hard to say since I have not received the results...

Systems Administrator in Alpharetta:
"Great company."
Pros: Lots of opportunity, room to grow, and responsibility to be had if you can handle the workload. The company is making smart decisions internally. I would partner with or even buy from my company in the future.
Cons: There can be so much work to do, that you don't have time to catch up some times.

Systems Administrator in Orlando:
"Beginners Luck."
Pros: The dynamics change through out the day or week. Lots for me to learn. Great direct manager & the employees have little to no drama. Overall, the company has approved the budget to get what is needed to complete the job. Very little is done after hours. Most issues are seen as 'it can wait till the next business day'. Only the most catastrophic of issues would require me to work during my 'off hours' or have my weekend interrupted.
Cons: Business dress is required. I'd like the dress casual & wear sneakers due to the amount of crawling, lifting, walking - sometimes power walking, is done. Sometimes executives have 'minor' issues that seem like a big deal for them & that can be distracting at times. Frustrating more when in the middle of a call with a vendor as you're trying to get a system back in working order via tech support.

Systems Administrator in Salt Lake City:
Pros: Work at home.
Cons: Low wages.

Systems Administrator in Southfield:
"Room for Improvement."
Pros: Management realizes that we are more than just employees and allows us to have flexibility to take care of responsibilities which may arise. I enjoy the challenges which come with my position, much of which is problem solving in a variety of ways.
Cons: Often times feel there are unneeded challenges which are created by lack of communication or understanding of duties around the office. It can be boring at times. I also feel stagnant in my position and would enjoy it more if I were learning a bit more through work.

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Key Stats for Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2712 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Systems Administrator Salaries

▲23%

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$60,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Systems Administrator Salaries

▲5%

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Microsoft Exchange
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National Average
$60,000

System Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2712 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 12%