Entry-Level Systems Administrator Salary

Entry-Level Systems Administrators can expect wages of $54K annually on average. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Systems Administrators stretch from $36K on the lower end to $75K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,414 - $74,836
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$55K
$75K
MEDIAN: $54,503
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$14.40 - $30.72
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MEDIAN: $20.26
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$0$75K
Salary $39,414 - $74,836
Bonus $150.72 - $6,255
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,106
Commission $1,017
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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$35,987 - $75,596
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,183
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $14.40 - $30.72
Hourly Tips $10.00
Overtime $21.23 - $44.48
Annual Data $0$75K
Bonus $150.72 - $6,255
Commission $1,017
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,106
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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$35,987 - $75,596
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 966

Systems Administrator Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Systems Administrator


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Systems Administrators include Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Co., SRA International, Inc., and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. Raytheon Co. offers the largest salaries in town — $64K on average.

Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $57K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $50K to $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,866

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

Entry-Level Systems Administrators will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Entry-Level Systems Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+25 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Systems Administrator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Systems Administrator in Memphis:
Learn to be personable, constantly learn and stay abreast on new technologies.

Systems Administrator in Halifax:
"Think on it."
Shop long and hard before you settle.

Systems Administrator in Ann Arbor:
"Expect little to no work life balance."
Long hours with salary pay means you make less then a 40/hr hourly worker. On call means little to no work life balance. Expect stress for anything that breaks, dont expect appreciation for when something works 99.9999% of the year. Expect your pay to come into constant question as to why you need a raise and why you haven't taken a new certification yet. Expect to have to figure out to get enterprise level software for dirt cheap prices...

Systems Administrator in Raleigh-Durham:
"Talent without work ethic is meaningless."
Work hard and take every assignment you possibly can. Always go above and beyond for your customers.

Systems Administrator in Lehi:
"Certificates."
I could have been earning these certificates since middle school if I knew that they existed.

Systems Administrator in New York:
"Job is all face time full time plus after hours work."
Job is all face time full time plus after hours work, then when you earn more as your become senior/experienced, you get outsourced.

Systems Administrator in Tualatin:
"Stay current on your site needs."
Stay current on your sites needs to reduce the stress snowball.

Key Stats for Systems Administrator

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 788 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
25%

Skills That Affect Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 788 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 13%