Updated August 18, 2021
Average Systems Administrator Salary
$68,000 yearly
$32.85 hourly

Entry level Salary
$54,000 yearly
$54,000
10 %
$68,000
Median
$85,000
90 %
Calculator
Are you paid fairly? Get Your Salary Estimate
PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$85,000
$7,083
$41
75th Percentile
$76,000
$6,333
$37
Average
$68,324
$5,694
$33
25th Percentile
$60,000
$5,000
$29
10th Percentile
$54,000
$4,500
$26

Average Systems Administrator Salary By State

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

  • State View
  • Country View
Average Salary:

Systems Administrator average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$57,544
$27.67
Alaska
$61,001
$29.33
Arizona
$65,921
$31.69
Arkansas
$49,962
$24.02
California
$79,868
$38.40
Colorado
$65,909
$31.69
Connecticut
$74,410
$35.77
Delaware
$64,661
$31.09
District of Columbia
$77,702
$37.36
Florida
$59,842
$28.77
Georgia
$64,419
$30.97
Hawaii
$68,671
$33.01
Idaho
$61,684
$29.66
Illinois
$67,230
$32.32
Indiana
$60,119
$28.90
Iowa
$61,871
$29.75
Kansas
$61,269
$29.46
Kentucky
$54,039
$25.98
Louisiana
$54,473
$26.19
Maine
$66,730
$32.08
Maryland
$80,299
$38.61
Massachusetts
$73,287
$35.23
Michigan
$61,921
$29.77
Minnesota
$68,634
$33.00
Mississippi
$56,869
$27.34
Missouri
$64,178
$30.85
Montana
$57,263
$27.53
Nebraska
$65,693
$31.58
Nevada
$68,439
$32.90
New Hampshire
$70,674
$33.98
New Jersey
$72,137
$34.68
New Mexico
$65,078
$31.29
New York
$72,761
$34.98
North Carolina
$66,155
$31.81
North Dakota
$63,420
$30.49
Ohio
$62,312
$29.96
Oklahoma
$56,750
$27.28
Oregon
$70,567
$33.93
Pennsylvania
$64,843
$31.17
Rhode Island
$69,811
$33.56
South Carolina
$59,554
$28.63
South Dakota
$62,985
$30.28
Tennessee
$61,492
$29.56
Texas
$67,336
$32.37
Utah
$62,435
$30.02
Vermont
$71,322
$34.29
Virginia
$70,524
$33.91
Washington
$80,310
$38.61
West Virginia
$58,479
$28.11
Wisconsin
$60,148
$28.92
Wyoming
$50,927
$24.48

How much should you get paid?

Tell us about yourself to get a free, personalized Zippia Salary Report and suggestions on how to increase your pay.

Highest Paying Cities For Systems Administrator

0 selections
CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Francisco, CA
$82,392
$39.61
Seattle, WA
$80,724
$38.81
Washington, DC
$77,752
$37.38
Quincy, MA
$73,396
$35.29
New York, NY
$72,813
$35.01
Jersey City, NJ
$72,253
$34.74

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

See what's out there.

How much does a Systems Administrator make?

  • The average systems administrator makes $68,324 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a systems administrator is $32.85.
  • The average entry-level systems administrator salary is $54,000.
  • Highest paying states for systems administrator are Washington ($80,310), Maryland ($80,299), California ($80,310) and Connecticut ($80,310).
  • Highest paying cities for systems administrator are San Francisco, CA ($82,392), Seattle, WA, Washington, DC, Quincy, MA and New York, NY.
  • Systems administrators on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $54,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $85,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $76,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $60,000
  • Industries with the highest systems administrator salaries are health care, retail and technology.

Average Systems Administrator Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $68,300
    $32.85
    +1.2%
    2020
    $67,500
    $32.47
    +1.7%
    2019
    $66,400
    $31.91
    +2.4%
    2018
    $64,800
    $31.15
    +2.6%
    2017
    $63,100
    $30.34
    +2.4%

    How Much Do Systems Administrators Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, systems administrator salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that health care, retail, and technology companies tend to offer much higher salaries for systems administrators. For example, systems administrators make a whopping average salary of $80,171 while working for health care companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $79,944 at retail companies and $79,914 at technology companies. But systems administrators may want to avoid working in the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $65,608.
    RankIndustryAverage Systems Administrator SalarySystems Administrator Salary Range
    1Health Care
    $80,171
    $58k
    $92k
    2Retail
    $79,944
    $58k
    $92k
    3Technology
    $79,914
    $58k
    $92k
    4Finance
    $77,077
    $58k
    $92k
    5Manufacturing
    $72,999
    $58k
    $92k
    6Government
    $65,608
    $58k
    $92k

    High Paying Systems Administrator Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Information Technology Administrator

    Avg. salary: $69,472

    An Information Technology (IT) administrator is a professional responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of an organization's IT systems and ensuring that the systems are running effectively. IT administrators must conduct consistent analyses of the computer system and install updates when needed. They are required to assess the organization's security programs and run the system for viruses and spyware. IT administrators also extend support to the organization's end-users and train them on desktop applications.
    138,784 Information Technology Administrator Jobs
    Systems Support Analyst

    Avg. salary: $74,037

    A systems support analyst is responsible for supporting the operations of the technology department of an organization, resolving network issues, and maintaining the safety and security of the system database. Systems support analysts must have excellent knowledge of the technology industry, identifying system process improvements, upgrading system infrastructure, and assisting end-users with navigation. They also create resolution reports for reference, including recommendations to prevent future inconsistencies and glitches. A systems support analyst conducts regular maintenance checks on the technology servers and immediately performs troubleshooting as needed for optimization.
    130,599 Systems Support Analyst Jobs
    Network/Server Administrator

    Avg. salary: $72,200

    A Network Administrator ensures an organizations' network is operational and up to date. They solve problems that arise within computer networks, maintaining computer networks, interacting with clients, and consulting with them to determine their system requirements.
    149,968 Network/Server Administrator Jobs
    Help Desk Administrator

    Avg. salary: $47,479

    Help desk administrator is responsible for handling activities related to system support for their company or organization. They are in charge of providing superb client experiences and working in resolving support issues in a professional and timely manner. One of their primary tasks includes providing login resets and passwords for end-users. In addition, they will also perform innovative systems and network repairs, as well as assist computer information responses as required. Moreover, they support complete equipment set-up, renewal, or termination of a user account, handle server, and domain account changes.
    112,593 Help Desk Administrator Jobs
    Linux Administrator

    Avg. salary: $69,293

    A Linux administrator is responsible for monitoring the efficiency of Linux operating systems to support business operations and high-quality deliverables. Linux administrators handle the resolution of Linux network issues, maintaining its stability and ensuring its safety and security from unauthorized access and malware threats. They also conduct regular maintenance to configure the system navigation and infrastructure, running multiple diagnostic tests to identify defects, and recommending strategic procedures for system enhancement. A Linux administrator must have excellent communication and technical skills, especially in providing technical support on faulty servers.
    50,989 Linux Administrator Jobs
    Network Administrator

    Avg. salary: $66,700

    A network administrator is responsible for managing an organization's computer systems, ensuring its smooth operations and highest efficiency. Network administrators' duties include inspecting network malfunctions, troubleshooting unresponsive programs, improving system processes, analyzing client's specifications, upgrading existing applications, coordinating with the technology department, and creating a report of network issues resolutions. A network administrator should display a strong command of programming languages. Extensive knowledge in the technology industry and analytical and problem-solving skills to manage network problems immediately is also necessary.
    108,100 Network Administrator Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Information Technology Administrator
    $69,473
    $5,789
    $33.40
    138,784
    Systems Support Analyst
    $74,037
    $6,170
    $35.59
    130,599
    Network/Server Administrator
    $72,200
    $6,017
    $34.71
    149,968
    Help Desk Administrator
    $47,480
    $3,957
    $22.83
    112,593
    Linux Administrator
    $69,293
    $5,774
    $33.31
    50,989
    Network Administrator
    $66,701
    $5,558
    $32.07
    108,100
    Job Openings

    Find High Paying Jobs Near You

    0 selections
    0 selections

    Systems Administrator Salaries By Years Of Experience

    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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $35,800
    $17.23
    Mid Level
    $61,700
    $29.67
    Senior Level
    $113,000
    $54.13

    Which Companies Pay Systems Administrators The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a systems administrator, being employed by a company such as First Republic Bank or Barclays Capital would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Backlund Investment Co and Radial also report highly competitive salaries for systems administrators.
    Company

    How much should you get paid?

    Tell us about yourself to get a free, personalized Zippia Salary Report and suggestions on how to increase your pay.

    Recently Added Systems Administrator Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Robinhood
    System Administrator, Customer Experience
    System Administrator, Customer Experience
    Westlake, TX
    08/31/2021
    $59,897
    08/31/2021
    Westerra Credit Union
    Systems Administrator II
    Systems Administrator II
    Denver, CO
    08/31/2021
    $53,037
    08/31/2021
    Salesforce
    Heroku Platform Support Engineer
    Heroku Platform Support Engineer
    New York, NY
    08/31/2021
    $83,700
    08/31/2021
    Alteryx
    Principal Support Engineer
    Principal Support Engineer
    Broomfield, CO
    08/31/2021
    $78,300
    08/31/2021
    Robinhood
    System Administrator, Customer Experience
    System Administrator, Customer Experience
    Tempe, AZ
    08/31/2021
    $59,897
    08/31/2021
    Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
    Salesforce System Administrator
    Salesforce System Administrator
    San Francisco, CA
    08/31/2021
    $115,000
    08/31/2021
    Enterprise Technology Operations
    Servicenow Cmdb Support Engineer (Remote)
    Servicenow Cmdb Support Engineer (Remote)
    Salt Lake City, UT
    08/31/2021
    $95,000
    08/31/2021
    Robinhood
    System Administrator, Customer Experience
    System Administrator, Customer Experience
    Lake Mary, FL
    08/31/2021
    $59,897
    08/31/2021
    Robinhood
    System Administrator, Customer Experience
    System Administrator, Customer Experience
    Charlotte, NC
    08/31/2021
    $59,897
    08/31/2021
    Jacobs
    System Administrator (Linux) Ires-Safb
    System Administrator (Linux) Ires-Safb
    Colorado Springs, CO
    08/31/2021
    $67,800
    08/31/2021

    Average Systems Administrator Salary by Demographic

    Systems Administrator Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $76,318
    female-income
    Female Income
    $71,347
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$76,318
    Female$71,347
    Median Systems Administrator Income by Race
    Asian systems administrators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american systems administrators have the lowest average salary at $68,298.
    $85,000
    $68,000
    $51,000
    $34,000
    $17,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$73,246
    Black or African American$68,298
    Asian$80,330
    Hispanic or Latino$72,138
    Average Systems Administrator Salary by Education Level
    Systems administrators with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $84,645 annually. With a Bachelors degree, systems administrators earn a median annual income of $76,318 compared to $72,038 for systems administrators with an Associate degree.
    $85,000
    $68,000
    $51,000
    $34,000
    $17,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$71,054
    Master's Degree$84,645
    Bachelor's Degree$76,318
    Some College/ Associate Degree$72,038

    Systems Administrator FAQs

    How much money do system administrators make?

    System administrators make an average of $63,510 a year. However, the range in earning potential can be as low as $52,370 a year to as high as $132,520 a year.

    There is a high degree of variability in the potential earnings of a system administrator. One major factor in this is based on the location of the position does play a big factor in the range in salaries.

    Top five states in pay for Systems Administrators:

    • Washington - $82,772na year or $39.79 an hour

    • New York - $78,432 a year or $37.71 an hour

    • New Hampshire - $75,901 a year or $36.49 an hour

    • California - $73,983 a year or $35.57 an hour

    • Massachusetts - $72,236 a ye as or $34.73 an hour

    Bottom five states in pay for Systems Administrators:

    • Michigan - $58,381 a year $28.07 an hour

    • Mississippi - $58,352 a year or $28.05 an hour

    • Illinois - $58,097 a year or $27.93 an hour

    • Missouri - $57,156 a year or $27.48 an hour

    • North Carolina - $53,210 a year or $25.58 an hour

    Learn more about this question