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Working As A Senior Windows Systems 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

  • $91,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Windows Systems 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 Windows Systems 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 Windows Systems Administrator
Consultant 2.0%
Top Careers After Senior Windows Systems Administrator
Consultant 6.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$91,000
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$71,000
Min 10%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Netflix
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Senior Windows Systems Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Windows Systems Administrator in the United States is $91,300 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $115,000.

Real Senior Windows Systems Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Systems Engineer-Windows Server Platform Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jul 06, 2015 $122,762 -
$183,000
Senior Windows Systems Engineer McAfee, Inc. Plano, TX Mar 09, 2015 $120,252 -
$140,252
Senior Windows Systems Administrator Qiagen Redwood City, Inc. Redwood City, CA Mar 21, 2016 $118,000
SR. Windows Systems Administrator Five9, Inc. San Ramon, CA Sep 07, 2013 $110,000
Senior Windows Systems Administrator Resource Logistics, Inc. Iselin, NJ Oct 31, 2014 $106,600
Senior Windows Systems Engineer, Authorized Signat Artio Global Management LLC New York, NY Jul 05, 2010 $102,981 -
$107,000
Senior Windows Systems Administrator Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA May 07, 2014 $102,800 -
$124,196
Senior Windows Systems Engineer Innocore Solutions, Inc. Irving, TX Jul 12, 2016 $102,000
Assistant VP, SR. Windows Systems Engineer Artio Global Management LLC New York, NY Sep 23, 2012 $101,171 -
$111,000
Senior Windows Systems Engineer Electronic Arts, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 19, 2016 $101,000
SR. Windows Systems Administrator Shoedazzle.com, Inc. El Segundo, CA Nov 18, 2013 $100,000
Windows Senior System Administrator SG Americas Operational Services, Inc. New York, NY Jun 23, 2014 $100,000
SR. Windows Systems Administrator Shoedazzle.com, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 10, 2012 $100,000
Senior Windows Systems Engineer McAfee, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 07, 2011 $99,362 -
$128,000
Senior Windows Systems Engineer Intel Corporation Plano, TX May 24, 2016 $99,070 -
$129,500
Senior Windows Systems Engineer Innocore Solutions, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Feb 22, 2016 $95,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Windows Systems Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Active Directory
  3. Desktop
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported clients with PCs running Windows XP Professional and MACs running OS X.
  • Created and Administered Security/Distribution Groups and Group Policies within Active Directory.
  • Administered and oversaw systems and desktop administration and technical support enterprise-wide, supporting server, desktop, and miscellaneous hardware maintenance/upgrades.
  • Collaborate with Business Units on design and specify infrastructure requirement for application implementation.
  • Convert physical servers from P to V in VMWARE.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Windows Systems Administrators

  1. Maryland
  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. New Jersey
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Texas
  7. Connecticut
  8. California
  9. Washington
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Senior Windows Systems Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

82.3%

Unknown

9.2%

Female

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

11.2%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Russian

25.0%

Dakota

25.0%

Carrier

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%
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Senior Windows Systems Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.0%

Western Governors University

6.6%

George Mason University

6.6%

Dominican University

4.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.9%

Weber State University

4.9%

San Francisco State University

4.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

O'More College of Design

3.3%

Iona College

3.3%

Marshall University

3.3%

Saint John's University - New York

3.3%

Pacific Lutheran University

3.3%

Oglethorpe University

3.3%

Webster University

3.3%

Muhlenberg College

3.3%

Grantham University

3.3%

Strayer University

3.3%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.9%

Computer Information Systems

14.7%

Information Technology

12.0%

Business

10.5%

Electrical Engineering

7.0%

Computer Networking

4.7%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Information Systems

2.7%

Business/Commerce

2.3%

Education

2.3%

English

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Project Management

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Biology

1.2%

Finance

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Other

20.7%

Associate

15.5%

Masters

15.2%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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