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Working As A Lead Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $96,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Lead Administrator

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Lead Administrator Career Paths

Lead Administrator
Office Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager General Manager
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Owner Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Owner Maintenance Manager Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner Business Owner Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Assistant Store Manager Department Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Administrative Manager General Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Administrative Manager Controller Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Administrative Manager Contracts Manager Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
General Manager Business Development Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Maintenance Manager Material Manager
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Administrative Supervisor Material Manager Systems Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Administrative Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager Program/Project Manager
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Administrator 3.4 years
Data Administrator 3.0 years
Lead Administrator 3.0 years
Site Administrator 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Lead Administrator
Cashier 6.0%
Internship 4.6%
Consultant 4.1%
Manager 3.4%
Secretary 2.5%
Supervisor 2.2%
Top Careers After Lead Administrator
Manager 5.3%
Consultant 4.3%
Cashier 4.1%
Teacher 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$96,000
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$73,000
Min 10%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$128,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Live Nation Entertainment
Highest Paying City
Columbia, MD
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Lead Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Administrator in the United States is $97,062 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $73,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $128,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Lead Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Administrator, Biztalk Inttra, Inc. Nov 28, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Senior SAP Business Objects Lead/Administrator Hubbell Incorporated Aug 18, 2014 $102,232 -
$105,600
Senior SAP Business Object Lead/Administrator Hubbell Incorporated Jan 01, 2012 $98,100
Lead Microstrategy Administrator Intramart, Inc. May 05, 2014 $95,763
Data Warehouse BI Lead Administrator Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc. Jan 04, 2010 $94,000 -
$115,000
Lead Administrator Conversant Solutions Inc. Jan 12, 2016 $93,018
Lead Administrator Conversant Solutions Inc. Feb 12, 2016 $93,018
Business Objects Lead/Administrator Pantar Solutions Inc. Aug 18, 2016 $92,000
Business Objects Lead/Administrator Pantar Solutions Inc. Aug 22, 2016 $92,000
Lead Administrator Experis Us, Inc. Nov 24, 2012 $88,489 -
$110,611

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Top Skills for A Lead Administrator

  1. Data Entry
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Financial Statements
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed insurance payments and conducted data entry of accounting records and patient accounts receivables.
  • Monitor all programs and ensure compliance to all technical specifications and prepare modifications if required.
  • Established financial statements for corporate, construction, and service departments to highlight profitability of each department.
  • Assist department manager and supervisors in writing Customer Service associates reviews and perform other related duties as assigned by management.
  • Compile time-sensitive reports, order office supplies in accordance to budget, and have excellent leadership qualities.

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  1. Maryland
  2. Texas
  3. Virginia
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Connecticut
  7. North Carolina
  8. New Jersey
  9. Georgia
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Lead Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

57.0%

Male

38.2%

Unknown

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.0%

German

6.7%

French

6.7%

Russian

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Berber

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Yoruba

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Thai

1.7%

Italian

1.7%
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Lead Administrator Education

Schools

Strayer University

11.7%

Ashford University

9.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

8.3%

Arizona State University

5.8%

American InterContinental University

5.8%

Ohio State University

5.0%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.0%

Houston Community College

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

Texas Southern University

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

University of Memphis

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.3%

California State University - East Bay

3.3%

Western Washington University

3.3%

Northern Arizona University

3.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

30.1%

Computer Science

6.8%

Accounting

5.4%

Management

4.9%

Health Care Administration

4.6%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Nursing

4.2%

Psychology

4.2%

General Studies

4.0%

Communication

4.0%

Human Resources Management

4.0%

Information Technology

3.2%

Finance

3.1%

Education

2.9%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Educational Leadership

2.4%

Legal Support Services

2.4%

English

2.2%

Project Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Associate

16.5%

Masters

15.2%

High School Diploma

13.7%

Certificate

7.2%

Diploma

3.1%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.6%
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