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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

  • $93,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior System 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 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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Senior System Administrator Career Paths

Senior System Administrator
Project Manager President Analyst
Analyst Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Project Leader
Architect & Project Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Principal Consultant Architect
Chief Architect
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Project Leader
Consultant/Project Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Functional Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Technician Support Tier NOC Technician
NOC Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Specialist Network Operation Technician
Network Operations Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Coordinator Project Specialist
Project Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Application Engineer
Senior Applications Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant Architect
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Security Engineer Securities Consultant
Senior Security Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert
Senior Subject Matter Expert
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Security Officer Technical Support Specialist
Supervisor, Technical Support
5 Yearsyrs
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Consultant 3.9%
Top Careers After Senior System Administrator
Consultant 5.5%

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Senior System Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

86.2%

Female

11.3%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

12.4%

Black or African American

11.5%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.2%

German

9.2%

French

7.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Cheyenne

5.3%

Portuguese

4.6%

Chinese

4.6%

Russian

3.9%

Japanese

3.9%

Arabic

3.9%

Italian

3.3%

Hindi

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Dutch

1.3%

Navajo

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Sami

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%
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Senior System Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.7%

University of Maryland - University College

10.3%

Strayer University

10.3%

Western Governors University

6.3%

Colorado Technical University

5.1%

George Mason University

4.4%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

Capella University

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

University of Houston

3.3%

American University

3.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.9%

San Jose State University

2.9%

Webster University

2.8%

Purdue University

2.6%

More Tech Institute

2.6%

Northeastern University

2.6%

Kaplan University

2.5%

New York University

2.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

2.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.8%

Business

14.2%

Computer Information Systems

13.0%

Information Technology

12.4%

Electrical Engineering

6.7%

Information Systems

4.3%

Computer Networking

4.2%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Computer Systems Security

2.3%

Project Management

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Communication

1.4%

Computer Technical Support

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Engineering

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.2%

Finance

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.7%

Other

19.8%

Masters

17.9%

Associate

11.8%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.0%
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Real Senior System Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
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 Aug 10, 2015 $145,000
Systems Administrator, Senior Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 29, 2016 $145,000 -
$165,000
Senior Systems Administrator-Labs Fireeye, Inc. Reston, VA Oct 08, 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
Systems Administrator, Senior Yahoo! Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 03, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
Senior Systems Database Administrator Navy Mutual Aid Association Arlington, VA Apr 07, 2016 $104,800 -
$124,231
System Administrator Senior Professional CSC Covansys Corporation Southfield, MI Apr 14, 2016 $104,187
System Administrator Senior Professional CSC Covansys Corporation Southfield, MI Apr 11, 2016 $104,187
System Administrator Senior Professional CSC Covansys Corporation Southfield, MI Dec 09, 2016 $104,187
System Administrator Senior Professional CSC Covansys Corporation Southfield, MI Aug 28, 2015 $104,000
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 System Administrator Grifols Shared Services North America, Inc. Clayton, NC Mar 22, 2016 $90,542 -
$98,000
Middleware System Administrator Senior TSYS Columbus, GA Aug 19, 2016 $90,500 -
$100,500
Middleware System Administrator Senior TSYS Columbus, GA May 19, 2016 $90,500 -
$100,500
Senior-Systems Administrator at&T Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 15, 2016 $90,200
Senior-Systems Administrator at&T Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 14, 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 Yellowpepper USA LLC Miami, FL Aug 24, 2015 $90,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Senior System Administrator

Average Yearly Salary
$93,000
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$70,000
Min 10%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Monterey, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Senior System Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior System Administrator in the United States is $93,403 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $123,000.

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Top Skills for A Senior System Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Backup
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Developed an unattended installation DVD baseline of Microsoft Windows XP Professional.
  • Coordinate installation and provide backup recovery.
  • Upgrade and configure system software that supports KeyFood infrastructure applications or Asset Management applications per project or operational needs.
  • Perform Active Directory administration as needed.
  • Developed software that scans the network and gathers software and hardware information and populates Microsoft Access and SQL databases.

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