Average Systems Administrator Salary

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The average salary for a Systems Administrator is $61,347.
MEDIAN $61,347
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$44k - $87k
$314 - $8k
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$307 - $7k
$496 - $29k
Total Pay
$41k - $87k

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Job Description for Systems Administrator

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.
The top respondents for the job title Systems Administrator are from the companies General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, Lockheed Martin Corp and U.S. Air Force (USAF). Reported salaries are highest at Raytheon Co. where the average pay is $70,705. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Dynamics Information Technology Inc and Northrop Grumman Corporation, earning around $68,964 and $68,496, respectively. U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays the lowest at around $57,064. Lockheed Martin Corp and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $61,042 and $63,500, respectively.

Career Paths

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System Administrator, Computer / Network
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Popular Skills for Systems Administrator

Skills in VMware ESX and Windows Server 2012 R2 are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Management / Administration, Microsoft Active Directory and System Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Systems Administrator

An entry-level Systems Administrator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $50,182 based on 321 salaries. An early career Systems Administrator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,625 based on 5,650 salaries. A mid-career Systems Administrator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $62,538 based on 4,907 salaries. An experienced Systems Administrator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,118 based on 4,210 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $74,182.
Employees with Systems Administrator in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 16.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (15.2% more) and New York, New York (14.6% more).

Years of Experience

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