What does a Systems Administrator do?

Systems administrators are responsible for the setup and maintenance of a company or organization’s computer systems. They ensure a computer within a company's network, and especially the server, is operating smoothly and securely. Systems administrators configure and maintain a network computer system that includes hardware system software and applications.

Systems administrators ensure data is securely stored and perform regular backups of the data and information. They diagnose and resolve any hardware, software, networking, or system issues that arise and replace and upgrade any defective or outdated components if appropriate. They monitor systems’ performance to ensure they are functioning smoothly and securely and research and recommend new approaches to improve the network computer system if requested. They provide technical support to employees and personnel, and document the processes employees need to follow to work within a computing system. Systems administrators need relevant degrees, including a bachelor's degree in computer science or a relevant field, a diploma in information systems or information technology, and familiarity with SQL and database operations.

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Systems Administrator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,639 /yr
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Not including cash compensation
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$52K
Median: $71K
$97K
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KeepTruckinKeepTruckin
Senior Business Systems Administrator
Mar. 23, 2021

“Working at KeepTruckin is fun and full of opportunities to grow further in the career.”

Marie FranceMarie France
Systems Administrator
Sep. 27, 2019

“You can manage a lot of projects that is good for your career growth and experience.”

Los Angeles Poultry
Systems Administrator
Jan. 16, 2020

“Pay isn't the best at first but it is reasonable and you have opportunities to advance.”

Gatestone & Co.Gatestone & Co.
Server Administrator
Aug. 3, 2021

“My tasks are pretty set and I appreciate it that my boss doesn’t micromanage.”

Brigham Young University (Idaho)Brigham Young University (Idaho)
Systems Administrator
Sep. 25, 2019

“Managers have been good to work with and take interest in my work and in me as a person.”

Meetings & Incentives WorldwideMeetings & Incentives Worldwide
Systems Administrative
Sep. 14, 2019

“I felt really excited and so lucky to be apart of such a great group when I started.”

AI CorporationAI Corporation
ITS A Secret
Oct. 1, 2019

“The job afforded me excellent opportunities which I will be forever grateful and has certainly helped further my career.”

Turner TechtronicsTurner Techtronics
Systems Administrator
Sep. 4, 2019

“I have been here for 2 years and never once was asked for career growth or professional training.”

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