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Systems Administrator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$71,000
$56,000
$71,000
$90,000
Did you know that the average systems administrator makes $71,820 per year? That's valued at $34.53 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $56,000 and $90,000, meaning systems administrators have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most systems administrators find a job with technology and professional companies, while others work for telecommunication, technology, and manufacturing companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Montana, Washington and Maryland are the top states in the U.S. to pay systems administrators the highest salaries.
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Map of Systems Administrator Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Systems Administrator Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Montana, Washington and Maryland, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for systems administrators. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Mississippi, Alabama, and Oklahoma.

City
Average Salary
Mountain View, CA
Mountain View, CA
$88,778
$89k
Redmond, WA
Redmond, WA
$86,010
$86k
Annapolis, MD
Annapolis, MD
$85,445
$85k
Quincy, MA
Quincy, MA
$75,927
$76k
Reston, VA
Reston, VA
$75,393
$75k

High Paying Systems Administrator Jobs

Average Systems Administrator Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a systems administrator, being employed by a company such as eBay or Hortonworks would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Twitter and PayPal also report highly competitive salaries for systems administrators.

Company
Average Salary
$143,672
$144k
$140,257
$140k
$140,043
$140k
$139,452
$139k
$138,781
$139k
$137,317
$137k
$135,936
$136k

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Systems Administrator Salary History

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    Average Systems Administrator Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, systems administrator salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that telecommunication, technology, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for systems administrators. For example, systems administrators make a whopping average salary of $73,457 while working for telecommunication companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $73,440 at technology companies and $71,730 at manufacturing companies. But systems administrators may want to avoid working in the health care industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $69,245.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Telecommunication
    Telecommunication
    $73,457
    $73k
    Technology
    Technology
    $73,440
    $73k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $71,730
    $72k
    Retail
    Retail
    $70,573
    $71k
    Finance
    Finance
    $70,173
    $70k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $69,245
    $69k

    Systems Administrator Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a systems administrator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Systems Administrator Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Health System Administrator (Chief Executive Officer)
    Health System Administrator (Chief Executive Officer)
    Ione, WA
    Ione, WA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $107,807
    $107,807
    10/30/2020
    Systems Administrator
    Systems Administrator
    Holmdel, NJ
    Holmdel, NJ
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $62,610
    $62,610
    10/29/2020
    City of Colorado Springs
    City of Colorado Springs
    Systems Administrator II
    Systems Administrator II
    Systems Administrator II
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Colorado Springs, CO
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $69,036
    $69,036
    10/28/2020
    Infrastructure Specialist
    Infrastructure Specialist
    Franklin, OH
    Franklin, OH
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $58,157
    $58,157
    10/28/2020
    EMS Support Engineer
    EMS Support Engineer
    Tacoma, WA
    Tacoma, WA
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $75,691
    $75,691
    10/28/2020
    Systems Administrator
    Systems Administrator
    Cambridge, MA
    Cambridge, MA
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $99,133
    $99,133
    10/27/2020
    Robert Half
    Robert Half
    O365 Systems Administrator (Perm Direct)
    O365 Systems Administrator (Perm Direct)
    O365 Systems Administrator (Perm Direct)
    Des Moines, IA
    Des Moines, IA
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $60,000
    $60,000
    10/27/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Management Decisions, Inc.
    Testrack Systems Administrator
    Testrack Systems Administrator
    Testrack Systems Administrator
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco, CA
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $101,658
    $101,658
    10/27/2020
    Systems Administrator
    Systems Administrator
    Dover, DE
    Dover, DE
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $59,480
    $59,480
    10/27/2020
    Department of Administrative Services, State of Ohio
    Department of Administrative Services, State of Ohio
    Infrastructure Specialist
    Infrastructure Specialist
    Infrastructure Specialist
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    10/26/2020
    10/26/2020
    $58,157
    $58,157
    10/26/2020