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Working As A Senior System 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

  • $89,917

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior System Administrator Do

A Senior System Administrator monitors a team of system administrators as well as other employees of the IT department. They ensure the reliable operation of computer systems, especially multi-user computers, such as servers.

How To Become A Senior System 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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Real Senior System Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior System Administrator-Linux General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Apr 01, 2016 $180,000
Senior Systems Administrator Tower Research Capital LLC Chicago, IL Sep 13, 2015 $170,000
Senior System Administrator Information Management Consultants, Inc. Rockville, MD Dec 07, 2015 $151,425
Senior Systems Administrator Hotwire, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2016 $151,269 -
$158,700
Senior Systems Administrator Hotwire, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $151,269 -
$158,700
IT Leader-Senior System Administrator General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Mar 23, 2015 $150,000
Senior System Administrator EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 17, 2016 $145,142
Senior Systems Administrator-Labs Fireeye, Inc. Reston, VA Oct 08, 2015 $145,000
Senior Systems Administrator-Labs Fireeye, Inc. Reston, VA Aug 10, 2015 $145,000
SR. Systems Administrator Fareportal, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $138,200
Senior System Administrator Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Sunnyvale, CA Jun 12, 2015 $135,283 -
$139,500
Senior Staff Systems Administrator Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA May 11, 2015 $135,000
Senior Systems Administrator Westcon Group Tarrytown, NY Oct 20, 2016 $134,909
Senior Systems Administrator Randstad Technologies, LP Richmond, VA Apr 27, 2015 $130,000
SR. Systems Administrator Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 26, 2015 $103,813 -
$151,200
Senior Systems Administrator AOL, Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA Jan 05, 2016 $103,750
Senior Hyperion System Administrator CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Cumberland, RI Apr 21, 2016 $102,597
Senior Systems Administrator, Healthpower Welltok, Inc. Lyndhurst, NJ Jan 12, 2016 $102,500
Senior-Systems Administrator at&T Services, Inc. Austin, TX Feb 19, 2016 $102,314
Advisor, Senior System Administration CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Cumberland, RI May 23, 2016 $102,000 -
$115,566
Senior Systems Administrator (Service NOW) Randstad Technologies, LP Boston, MA Aug 24, 2015 $102,000
Senior Systems Administrator (Service NOW) Randstad Technologies, LP Boston, MA Jan 07, 2016 $102,000
Senior System Administrator Grifols Shared Services North America, Inc. Clayton, NC Mar 22, 2016 $90,542 -
$98,000
Senior-Systems Administrator at&T Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 14, 2016 $90,200
Senior-Systems Administrator at&T Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 15, 2016 $90,200
SR. Peoplesoft Systems Administrator Columbia University New York, NY Oct 08, 2016 $90,168 -
$105,000
Senior System Administrator Senior Strategic Staffing Solutions LC Detroit, MI Dec 09, 2016 $90,106
Senior Systems Administrator Virtual Tech Gurus, Inc. Austin, TX May 20, 2015 $90,000
SR. Systems Administrator Sagitec Solutions, LLC Tampa, FL Sep 06, 2016 $90,000
Senior Systems Administrator (Sharepoint) Corvel Corporation Portland, OR Dec 09, 2016 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Senior System Administrator

WindowsServerHardwareSymantecBackupExecActiveDirectoryNetworkInfrastructureStorageSQLServerLinuxRemoteWebServersDNSSANDisasterRecoveryDatabaseVmwareESXDomainControllersDesktopSetupUnixSystemAdministration

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Top Senior System Administrator Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Hardware
  3. Symantec Backup Exec
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Deployed and configure new Windows Server 2003/2008 physical and virtual servers.
  • Perform installation, configuration, and maintenance of all manners of server hardware and associated equipment.
  • Researched and implemented server backup by using Symantec backup EXEC 10d.
  • Perform Active Directory administration as needed.
  • Created design and engineering specifications for new computer and network infrastructures.

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