Senior System Administrator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$93,000
$73,000
$93,000
$117,000
The average senior system administrator makes about $93,271 per year. That's $44.84 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $73,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $117,000. Many of senior system administrators seem to be drawn to technology and professional companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case senior system administrators tend to work at finance, technology, and pharmaceutical companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Montana, California and South Dakota pay senior system administrators the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Bellevue, WA
$107,811
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Map of Senior System Administrator Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Senior System Administrators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Senior System Administrator Salary By Location

While a senior system administrator can average a salary of $93,271 per year, or $44.84 per hour, there are many opportunities for senior system administrators to make more. For example, in Redwood City, CA you might make $118,585 per year. Other high-paying locations include Annapolis, MD, Bellevue, WA and Washington, DC. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Redwood City, CA where the average starting salary is $83,000. The highest paying states for senior system administrators include Montana, California and South Dakota. Meanwhile, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Louisiana offer the lowest salaries.

Average Senior System Administrator Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Citrix Systems and Bloomberg as they offer the highest salaries for senior system administrators.

Company
Average Salary
$117,814
$118k
$117,411
$117k
$116,674
$117k
$114,061
$114k
$113,893
$114k
$113,610
$114k

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Average Senior System Administrator Pay By Industry

Senior system administrator salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with finance, technology, and pharmaceutical companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a senior system administrator can make a yearly salary of $97,678 while working for finance companies. All the while, other senior system administrators are making $94,277 at technology companies and $92,088 at pharmaceutical companies. One industry senior system administrators may want to avoid is the professional industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $88,419.

Industry
Average Salary
Finance
Finance
$97,678
$98k
Technology
Technology
$94,277
$94k
Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
$92,088
$92k
Health Care
Health Care
$91,416
$91k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$90,856
$91k
Professional
Professional
$88,419
$88k

Senior System Administrator Salary History

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Recently Added Senior System Administrator Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Senior Systems Administrator-Virtualization
Senior Systems Administrator-Virtualization
07/25/2020
07/25/2020
$70,000
$70,000
07/25/2020
Senior HPC System Administrator
Senior HPC System Administrator
07/15/2020
07/15/2020
$76,008
$76,008
07/15/2020
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SR. Systems Administrator (AWS & Microsoft)
SR. Systems Administrator (AWS & Microsoft)
07/13/2020
07/13/2020
$36,000
$36,000
07/13/2020
SR System Administrator
SR System Administrator
07/11/2020
07/11/2020
$73,045
$73,045
07/11/2020
Senior System Administrator
Senior System Administrator
07/08/2020
07/08/2020
$110,000
$110,000
07/08/2020
SR Onbase System Administrator
SR Onbase System Administrator
07/08/2020
07/08/2020
$83,480
$83,480
07/08/2020
SR Systems Admin
SR Systems Admin
06/25/2020
06/25/2020
$83,480
$83,480
06/25/2020
SR. Systems Administrator (Linux/AIX)
SR. Systems Administrator (Linux/AIX)
06/23/2020
06/23/2020
$129,394
$129,394
06/23/2020
Management Decisions, Inc.
Management Decisions, Inc.
Senior Systems Administrator/VDI
Senior Systems Administrator/VDI
Senior Systems Administrator/VDI
06/23/2020
06/23/2020
$139,829
$139,829
06/23/2020
Senior Systems Administrator Travel
Senior Systems Administrator Travel
06/19/2020
06/19/2020
$90,000
$90,000
06/19/2020