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and resolve any hardware, software, networking, or system issues that arise and replace and upgrade any defective or outdated components if appropriate.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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Systems Administrator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,000 /yr
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Not including cash compensation
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$54K
Median: $70K
$98K
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Systems Administrator Career Path

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Read what Systems Administrator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
KeepTruckinKeepTruckin
Senior Business Systems Administrator
23 Mar 2021

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

Marie FranceMarie France
Systems Administrator
27 Sep 2019

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

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

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

HoneywellHoneywell
Senior Systems Administrator
2 Feb 2021

“It was very smooth and all the HR Team was very helpful and supporting all the way to make my new role really smooth.”

Brigham Young University (Idaho)Brigham Young University (Idaho)
Systems Administrator
25 Sep 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
14 Sep 2019

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

TietoEVRYTietoEVRY
Windows Systems Administrator
12 Sep 2021

“Junior positions to start your career path and possibilities to grow and find your specialization.”

Turner TechtronicsTurner Techtronics
Systems Administrator
4 Sep 2019

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

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a systems administrator

When working as a systems administrator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Windows Server 2012, Windows Operating Systems, Linux System, Operating Systems and Active Directory.

The most similar professions to systems administrator are:
  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Manager
  • Network Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a systems administrator is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.