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Working As A Systems Administrator Lead

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $92,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Administrator Lead 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 Systems Administrator Lead

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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Systems Administrator Lead Career Paths

Systems Administrator Lead
Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect Systems Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Senior Project Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Director Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager Information Systems Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst Information Technology Senior Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior System Administrator Help Desk Manager
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Systems Administrator Lead
Consultant 2.8%
Top Careers After Systems Administrator Lead
Consultant 4.3%
Manager 2.4%

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Systems Administrator Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

75.7%

Female

15.5%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.7%

Portuguese

10.3%

French

6.9%

Carrier

6.9%

Arabic

6.9%

Tamil

6.9%

Japanese

3.4%

Korean

3.4%

Italian

3.4%
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Systems Administrator Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.2%

University of Maryland - University College

13.0%

Strayer University

8.8%

Community College of the Air Force

5.6%

University of Houston

5.3%

Western Governors University

4.6%

Colorado Technical University

4.2%

Kaplan University

3.5%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.2%

ECPI University

2.8%

Regis University

2.8%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

2.8%

George Mason University

2.8%

National University

2.5%

George Washington University

2.5%

Arizona State University

2.5%

Pennsylvania State University

2.5%

Northeastern University

2.5%

New York University

2.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.8%

Business

16.2%

Computer Information Systems

13.3%

Information Technology

12.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.0%

Computer Networking

5.1%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Management

3.7%

Information Systems

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Computer Systems Security

2.2%

Project Management

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

General Studies

1.2%

Communication

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Masters

18.0%

Other

17.8%

Associate

13.9%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$92,000
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$71,000
Min 10%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$120,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
CSC Holdings
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Systems Administrator Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Systems Administrator Lead in the United States is $92,802 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $71,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

Real Systems Administrator Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Linux Systems Administration Lead Salesforce.com, Inc. San Mateo, CA May 19, 2014 $145,000
Lead Platform Systems Admin BMC Software, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 19, 2013 $140,000
Lead Systems Administrator CSC Holdings, LLC Bethpage, NY Apr 19, 2013 $135,087
Global Systems Design Leader-Gprs General Electric Co. (GE Healthcare) Waukesha, WI May 07, 2015 $130,500 -
$133,000
Lead Systems Administrator Velocity Technology Solutions Glendale, AZ Apr 01, 2016 $130,000
Global Systems Design Leader-Gprs General Electric Company Waukesha, WI Jun 08, 2016 $125,000 -
$135,000
GIS Infrastructure/Systems Administrator Lead Artech Information Systems LLC East Peoria, IL Jun 16, 2014 $120,000 -
$130,000
Global Systems Design Leader-Gprs General Electric Company-Healthcare Waukesha, WI Aug 05, 2013 $120,000 -
$130,000
Lead Systems Administrator Adept Computer Consultants Inc. Richardson, TX Feb 06, 2016 $120,000
Lead System Administrator The Gymboree Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 02, 2016 $119,100
Lead Platform Systems Administrator BMC Software, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 19, 2016 $117,645 -
$169,100
Lead Systems Administrator Yellowpages.com LLC Glendale, CA Jul 15, 2013 $115,500
Lead Systems Administrator Deloitte Services LP TN Mar 10, 2016 $113,800
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Stamford, CT Jan 29, 2013 $91,707
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Shelton, CT Aug 05, 2013 $91,707
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Stamford, CT Feb 05, 2013 $91,707
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Dublin, CA Apr 22, 2014 $91,125
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Warren, NJ Aug 23, 2013 $89,877
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Piscataway, NJ Feb 05, 2014 $89,877
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited The Woodlands, TX Apr 22, 2014 $89,440
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Houston, TX Jul 10, 2013 $89,440
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Piscataway, NJ May 13, 2016 $79,019
Lead Systems Administrator Webmd, LLC New York, NY Apr 07, 2014 $79,000 -
$118,600
Lead Systems Administrator Adept Computer Consultants, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 03, 2013 $79,000
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Phoenix, AZ Aug 07, 2014 $78,957
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Los Angeles, CA Aug 05, 2013 $78,666
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Danbury, CT Dec 15, 2015 $78,645
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Shelton, CT Oct 05, 2016 $78,645
System Administrator Lead Wipro Limited Arlington, VA Apr 09, 2015 $78,603

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Top Skills for A Systems Administrator Lead

  1. Windows XP
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Active Directory
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  • Sounded familiarity with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista at user level, including user and application installation.
  • Maintain operations of primary and secondary SONET rings including fiber optic and transport infrastructures.
  • Administrated users' accounts, computers, security and distribution groups using Microsoft Active Directory to make necessary modifications
  • Developed configuration and management procedures of separate virtual environment for development testing and QA.
  • Improved Business Continuity and Disaster Preparedness by planning, implementing, and controlling the backup infrastructure.

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