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Working As A Senior Information Technology 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

  • $98,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information Technology 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 Information Technology 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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Top Careers Before Senior Information Technology Administrator
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Top Careers After Senior Information Technology Administrator
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Average Yearly Salary
$98,000
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$77,000
Min 10%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Salesforce
Highest Paying City
Andover, MA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Senior Information Technology Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Information Technology Administrator in the United States is $98,521 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Senior Information Technology Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Database Administrator, SR. Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Dec 15, 2015 $135,000
Senior Systems Engineer, IT-Portal Content Admin Darden Corporation Orlando, FL Mar 24, 2014 $130,000
Senior IT Database Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Apr 01, 2015 $125,000
Senior IT Database Administrator Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jul 16, 2016 $123,628
Senior IT Systems Administrator St. Jude Medical Business Services Inc. Saint Paul, MN May 23, 2016 $123,537
IT Database Administrator SR. Bank of The West San Ramon, CA May 07, 2016 $118,000
SR. IT Systems Administrator First American Title Insurance Company Santa Ana, CA Oct 08, 2011 $116,150
Senior IT EIM Teradata DB Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Aug 02, 2014 $115,274
Senior IT EIM Teradata Database Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Feb 07, 2013 $115,000
SR. IT EIM Teradata Database Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Aug 01, 2011 $115,000
Senior IT Database Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA May 10, 2014 $114,000
Senior IT DBA Salesforce.com Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 13, 2016 $113,693
SR. IT Database Administrator KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 25, 2015 $112,000
Senior IT EIM Teradata DB Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Aug 01, 2011 $110,000
Senior IT Database Administrator Bank of The West San Ramon, CA May 09, 2011 $105,000
SR IT Systems Database Administrator Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jan 10, 2016 $103,792
SR. Corp. IT Systems Administrator First American Title Insurance Company Santa Ana, CA Apr 30, 2016 $103,563 -
$125,000
SR. IT Systems Data Base Administrator Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Oct 01, 2015 $100,526
Senior IT Administrator Transperfect Translations International, Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 09, 2016 $100,110
SR. IT Systems Administrator KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 08, 2015 $99,738
Senior IT Infrastructure Administrator Bridgewater Associates, LP Norwalk, CT Aug 31, 2011 $99,237 -
$200,000
SR. Corporate IT Systems Administrator First American Title Insurance Company Santa Ana, CA Apr 13, 2015 $98,363 -
$127,000
SR. IT Enterprise Systems Administrator Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Jacksonville, FL May 26, 2015 $91,000
IT System Administrator Senior American Electric Power Columbus, OH Jan 27, 2014 $91,000 -
$100,000
SR. IT Enterprise Systems Administrator Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Tampa, FL Jan 15, 2014 $91,000
SR. IT Enterprise Systems Administrator Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Jacksonville, FL Sep 24, 2014 $91,000
SR. IT Systems Administrator First American Title Insurance Company Santa Ana, CA Apr 30, 2013 $90,397 -
$126,610
IT System Administrator Senior American Electric Power Columbus, OH Dec 15, 2016 $90,000 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Technology Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Desktop
  3. Computer Hardware
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  • Provided technical support on Microsoft platform - Windows 2003, win 2008, Win 7, Windows XP, and Win8.
  • Developed Service Level Agreements for desktop and system administration support.
  • Designed, configured and tested computer hardware, networking and operating system software.
  • Documented and maintained Enterprise Active Directory topology, design and architecture.
  • Implemented strategic information technology infrastructure to comply with global financial regulations and mitigate risk in high growth private financial firm.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Information Technology Administrators

  1. Maryland
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Virginia
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Connecticut
  6. New Jersey
  7. California
  8. Texas
  9. Florida
  10. North Carolina
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Senior Information Technology Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

76.6%

Female

13.1%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Asian

12.1%

Black or African American

11.5%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.9%

French

13.6%

Arabic

13.6%

Portuguese

9.1%

Chinese

4.5%

Persian

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Korean

4.5%

Italian

4.5%
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Senior Information Technology Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.8%

Western Governors University

6.9%

Colorado Technical University

6.9%

University of South Florida

5.0%

Kaplan University

5.0%

San Jose State University

5.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.0%

Strayer University

4.0%

Capella University

4.0%

San Diego State University

4.0%

University of California - Davis

4.0%

George Mason University

4.0%

Prairie View A & M University

3.0%

American University

3.0%

DePaul University

3.0%

University of Houston

3.0%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

3.0%

University of Texas at Austin

3.0%

Colorado State University

3.0%

Northern Illinois University

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.6%

Business

13.5%

Information Technology

12.0%

Computer Information Systems

10.0%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Management Information Systems

4.9%

Information Systems

3.7%

Computer Networking

3.7%

Management

3.2%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Marketing

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Computer Systems Security

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Computer Technical Support

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Education

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

General Studies

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Other

21.6%

Masters

19.0%

Associate

12.1%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.4%
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