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Working As A Senior Server 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

  • $93,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Server 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 Server 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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Average Length of Employment
Server Engineer 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Senior Server Administrator
Consultant 3.1%
Engineer 2.1%
Top Careers After Senior Server Administrator
Consultant 3.6%
Architect 3.2%

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Senior Server Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Female

11.1%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

53.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Asian

14.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Senior Server Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.7%

Strayer University

9.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

9.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.5%

Western Governors University

5.5%

Community College of the Air Force

5.5%

Bluefield State College

5.5%

Arizona State University

3.6%

San Jose State University

3.6%

University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

3.6%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.6%

State University of New York Farmingdale

3.6%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

3.6%

Touro University

3.6%

Florida Technical College

3.6%

Liberty University

3.6%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

3.6%

California State University - Fresno

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.5%

Information Technology

14.8%

Business

13.4%

Computer Information Systems

11.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Computer Networking

4.2%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Computer Engineering

3.7%

Communication

3.2%

Engineering

2.8%

Computer Applications

2.8%

Information Systems

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

General Studies

1.9%

Computer Systems Security

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.9%

Mathematics

1.4%

Biology

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Economics

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Masters

19.6%

Other

16.2%

Associate

13.2%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

1.1%
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$72,000
Min 10%
$93,000
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$93,000
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Best Paying Company
Church Mutual Insurance Company
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Senior Server Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Server Administrator in the United States is $93,202 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

Real Senior Server Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Application Server Administrator Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Aug 24, 2015 $108,000
SR. Server Administrator Adesa, Inc. Carmel, IN Nov 14, 2016 $107,000
Senior Application Server Administrator Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Jul 09, 2016 $101,959
Senior Application Server Administrator National Marrow Donor Program Minneapolis, MN Nov 15, 2015 $100,108
SR. Oracle Server Technologies Administrator Skillbuilders, Inc. Wakefield-Peacedale, RI Sep 05, 2015 $100,000
SR. Oracle Server Technologies Administrator Skillbuilders, Inc. Wakefield-Peacedale, RI Aug 20, 2014 $100,000
Senior Application Server Administrator Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Jan 02, 2016 $95,000
Senior Server Database Administrator Essence Group Holdings Corporation Maryland Heights, MO Sep 02, 2014 $93,600
Senior Server Database Administrator Essence Group Holdings Corporation Maryland Heights, MO Sep 01, 2013 $90,000
Senior Server Database Administrator Essence Group Holdings Corporation Maryland Heights, MO Sep 03, 2013 $90,000
Senior Server Administrator Flagstar Bank, FSB Troy, MI Aug 19, 2015 $87,000
Senior Server Administrator Bae Systems Information Solutions DC Aug 24, 2009 $85,000
Senior Application Server Administrator National Marrow Donor Program Minneapolis, MN Nov 15, 2012 $84,407
Server Specialist Senior Stonebridge Life Insurance Company Plano, TX Dec 01, 2009 $83,964 -
$100,757
Cellular Communications Server Administrator PC-Mart, Inc. Lafayette, LA Oct 01, 2011 $73,320

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Top Skills for A Senior Server Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Backup
  3. T-Sql
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  • Installed, upgraded migrated and configured labs and production offices' Desktops from Windows XP to windows 7.
  • Performed extensive shell scripting that included collecting security violation reports, SOP violations, monitoring requirements, and backup/ restore requirements.
  • Performed PL/SQL and T-SQL and programming, migrated database objects cross different database sever or different database version.
  • Restructured the Latin America OU in Active Directory without business interruption.
  • Worked with and configured SQL TDE encryption along with SQL service broker and secure SQL databases files at rest.

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