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Working As A Senior 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

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Administrator Career Paths

Senior Administrator
Office Manager Owner Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Vice President Chief Information Officer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Account Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Administrative Manager Contracts Manager Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Solutions Architect Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Solutions Architect Systems Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Administrator 3.4 years
Lead Administrator 3.3 years
Data Administrator 3.0 years
Site Administrator 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior Administrator
Consultant 4.9%
Secretary 3.2%
Manager 3.1%
Internship 2.6%
Cashier 2.4%
Supervisor 2.3%
Top Careers After Senior Administrator
Consultant 7.2%
Manager 5.8%
Supervisor 2.9%
Specialist 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$94,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$127,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Netflix
Highest Paying City
Annapolis, MD
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Senior Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Administrator in the United States is $94,219 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

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Real Senior Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Administrator, Basis Enterprise Resource Planning T-Mobile USA, Inc. Jan 10, 2016 $126,000
Senior Administrator, SAP T-Mobile USA, Inc. Mar 17, 2016 $122,000
Senior Administrator Devon Energy Corporation Jun 12, 2012 $116,900
Senior Administrator, Teradata T-Mobile USA, Inc. Jun 05, 2016 $115,900
ERP Senior Administrator Valmont Industries, Inc. Aug 15, 2016 $115,000
Senior Administrator, Basis Enterprise Resource Planning T-Mobile USA, Inc. Mar 05, 2016 $115,000
Senior Administrator, Basis Enterprise Resource Planning T-Mobile USA, Inc. May 03, 2016 $115,000
Senior Administrator Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation Nov 16, 2016 $111,613
Senior Administrator AIG Technologies, Inc. Nov 04, 2016 $105,000
Senior Administrator AIG Technologies, Inc. Nov 21, 2016 $105,000
Senior Administrator AIG Employee Services, Inc. Nov 21, 2016 $105,000
SR. Administration and Finance Officer Program for Appropriate Technology In Health Feb 25, 2013 $105,000 -
$130,000
Senior Administrator, SAP Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. Oct 17, 2016 $101,800 -
$178,200
Middleware Senior Administrator CSAA Insurance Services, Inc. Jun 06, 2016 $101,575 -
$141,300
Senior Administrator, Basis Enterprise Resource PL T-Mobile USA, Inc. Jan 21, 2014 $93,870 -
$113,135
Senior Administrator, Basis Enterprise Resource PL T-Mobile USA, Inc. Jun 15, 2014 $93,870 -
$107,992
Senior Administrator Application Lifecycle Managem The Sherwin-Williams Company Nov 26, 2012 $92,014
Senior Administrator, Basis Enterprise Resource PL T-Mobile USA, Inc. Oct 01, 2013 $91,707 -
$104,500
Senior Administrator Seagate Us LLC Jan 10, 2012 $85,280
Senior Administrator Samsung Austin Semiconductor, L.L.C. Jul 27, 2016 $84,000 -
$108,200
Senior Administrator MQ Message Broker Academy, Ltd. May 26, 2015 $75,000 -
$105,000
Senior Administrator MQ Message Broker Academy, Ltd. Dec 28, 2014 $75,000 -
$105,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Administrator

  1. Data Entry
  2. Customer Service
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Supervised four-member Fulfillment department handling data entry, literature distribution, and corporation's customer loyalty program.
  • Promoted from Senior Customer Service Representative, responsible for reviewing, resolving and expediting customer service complaints and service issues.
  • Created and disseminated Corporate Safety Program templates to facilities worldwide for site-level implementation to ensure compliance with program elements.
  • Provided Windows XP and Windows 7 client support.
  • Migrated the Oracle Forms 4.5 to Oracle 6i and made necessary changes to PL/SQL Code.

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  4. Nebraska
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Washington
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Senior Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

52.5%

Male

43.5%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.8%

French

7.6%

Portuguese

5.1%

Arabic

4.4%

Russian

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

German

3.2%

Japanese

2.5%

Urdu

2.5%

Hindi

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Indonesian

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Bengali

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Cherokee

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%
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Senior Administrator Education

Schools

Strayer University

12.2%

New York University

9.4%

University of Maryland - University College

7.8%

Liberty University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

George Mason University

4.4%

Suffolk University

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.4%

University of North Texas

3.9%

Pace University - New York

3.9%

Ashford University

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.9%

Temple University

3.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

Northern Kentucky University

3.9%

Nova Southeastern University

3.9%

Pepperdine University

3.9%

Excelsior College

3.9%
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Majors

Business

36.4%

Accounting

7.1%

Computer Science

5.9%

Management

5.6%

Finance

4.9%

Human Resources Management

3.9%

Psychology

3.7%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Information Technology

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Communication

3.0%

English

2.9%

Marketing

2.8%

Education

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

General Studies

1.8%

Legal Support Services

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.5%

Masters

21.4%

Associate

14.0%

High School Diploma

9.1%

Certificate

6.6%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.7%
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