These Are The 10 States With The Highest Systems Administrator Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 3 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do systems administrators get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for systems administrators by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for systems administrators by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for systems administrators after this adjustment? That would be Network And Computer Systems Administrators.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. Georgia
  3. Virginia
  4. Illinois
  5. Tennessee
  6. North Carolina
  7. Missouri
  8. Michigan
  9. Maryland
  10. Washington

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for systems administrators from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $94520, so our index value would be:

$94,520 * (100 / 135.9) = $69,551

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for systems administrators.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Systems Administrator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $96,791 $87,790 90.7
2 Georgia $95,295 $87,100 91.4
3 Virginia $93,581 $94,330 100.8
4 Illinois $90,169 $85,300 94.6
5 Tennessee $88,232 $78,880 89.4
6 North Carolina $88,168 $82,790 93.9
7 Missouri $85,353 $77,160 90.4
8 Michigan $84,752 $75,430 89.0
9 Maryland $84,462 $106,000 125.5
10 Washington $84,382 $88,770 105.2
11 Minnesota $84,226 $84,900 100.8
12 Florida $82,319 $80,920 98.3
13 Arizona $82,224 $80,580 98.0
14 Utah $81,806 $76,080 93.0
15 Ohio $81,268 $76,230 93.8
16 Nebraska $80,720 $73,940 91.6
17 Kansas $80,578 $72,440 89.9
18 Colorado $80,414 $83,470 103.8
19 Delaware $80,000 $81,120 101.4
20 Arkansas $79,586 $69,320 87.1
21 Indiana $79,273 $70,950 89.5
22 Alabama $78,717 $71,790 91.2
23 Iowa $77,967 $70,950 91.0
24 New Jersey $77,826 $94,870 121.9
25 Nevada $76,892 $79,430 103.3
26 Mississippi $76,519 $65,730 85.9
27 Oklahoma $76,289 $68,050 89.2
28 New Mexico $76,113 $73,450 96.5
29 Pennsylvania $75,078 $76,130 101.4
30 South Carolina $74,324 $73,730 99.2
31 Wisconsin $73,595 $71,240 96.8
32 Wyoming $72,538 $66,590 91.8
33 Rhode Island $71,416 $86,200 120.7
34 Idaho $69,913 $64,390 92.1
35 Connecticut $69,757 $89,080 127.7
36 California $69,551 $94,520 135.9
37 Kentucky $69,447 $62,850 90.5
38 New York $68,832 $90,170 131.0
39 West Virginia $68,394 $63,880 93.4
40 Louisiana $68,375 $64,820 94.8
41 North Dakota $67,967 $67,560 99.4
42 Oregon $67,932 $78,530 115.6
43 New Hampshire $66,837 $78,200 117.0
44 Massachusetts $66,761 $89,060 133.4
45 Alaska $64,980 $85,190 131.1
46 Maine $61,759 $68,430 110.8
47 Montana $60,644 $61,130 100.8
48 Vermont $59,611 $72,190 121.1
49 South Dakota $59,373 $61,570 103.7
50 Hawaii $48,314 $81,120 167.9

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