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Network and computer systems administrators earned a median of $72,560 in 2012, or approximately $34.88 per hour, according to the BLS. The best-paid 10 percent earned more than $115,180 in 2012, while the lowest-paid made less than $44,330. The highest-paid in the industry work in Boulder, Colo., San Jose, Calif., and the Washington. D.C., metropolitan area.

Job Salary Year
2004 $60,920.00
2006 $66,330.00
2008 $70,960.00
2010 $71,500.00
2012 $76,320.00

Average Computer Systems Administrator Pay vs. All Technology Jobs

At $76,320, network and computer systems administrators earn a mean salary that’s within the ballpark (about $10,000 or so) of several other technology jobs. For example, computer programmers earn $78,260 per year, database administrators have a mean salary of $79,120 and the average computer systems analyst takes home $83,800. IT managers, however, are an outlier with a significantly higher average salary of $129,130.

Job Name Salary
IT Manager $120,950.00
Computer Systems Analyst $79,680.00
Database Administrator $77,080.00
Computer Programmer $74,280.00
Computer Systems Administrator $72,560.00

Best Paying Cities for Computer Systems Administrators

The highest paid in the computer systems administrator profession work in the metropolitan areas of Boulder, Colo., San Jose, Calif., and San Francisco. The Bethesda, Md. area also pays well, as does the city of Washington, D.C.

Boulder, Colo.

Average Salary: $97,780 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer systems administrator working in Boulder, Colo. is $97,780, which is $25,220 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Jose, Calif.

Average Salary: $94,850 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer systems administrator working in San Jose, Calif. is $94,850, which is $22,290 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $94,170 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer systems administrator working in San Francisco is $94,170, which is $21,610 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bethesda, Md.

Average Salary: $93,420 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer systems administrator working in Bethesda, Md. is $93,420, which is $20,860 more than the average pay in the profession.

Washington, D.C.

Average Salary: $92,880 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a computer systems administrator working in Washington, D.C. is $92,880, which is $20,320 more than the average pay in the profession.

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Last updated by Nathan Hellman.


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