How Much Do IT Administrators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

Stan T.Career, SalaryLeave a Comment

2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

IT Administrators

IT Administrators install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Becoming One
Bachelor's degree
Job Satisfaction
Job Growth

Interest Match

Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$89460 per year
Hourly wage
$43 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$52,830 to $66,340 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$25 to $32 per hour

Entry-level Network and Computer Systems Administrators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $52,830 to $66,340 per year or $25 to $32 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Featured Schools

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Network and Computer Systems Administrators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $65 $134,970
Senior (Top 25%) $52 $107,610
Middle (Mid 50%) $41 $84,810
Junior (Bottom 25%) $32 $66,340
No experience (Bottom 10%) $25 $52,830

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MD $55 $113,840
CA $50 $104,060
NJ $50 $103,030
DC $48 $100,170
CT $48 $99,900
NY $48 $99,460
MA $48 $98,920
WA $47 $96,750
VA $45 $93,380
RI $45 $93,090

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Network and Computer Systems Administrator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MD doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MD might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid IT Administrators are in the states of MD, CA, NJ, DC and CT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $122480 $58.88
Specialized Design Services $112320 $54.00
Personal Care Services $112210 $53.95
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $109880 $52.83
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $107620 $51.74
Oil and Gas Extraction $106810 $51.35
Federal Executive Branch $104680 $50.33
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing $104420 $50.20
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank $104300 $50.15
Scientific Research and Development Services $102400 $49.23
Other Information Services $101980 $49.03
Natural Gas Distribution $100030 $48.09
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds $98900 $47.55
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media $98360 $47.29
Ship and Boat Building $97360 $46.81
Support Activities for Mining $97160 $46.71
Postal Service (Federal Government) $97090 $46.68
Specialty Hospitals $96570 $46.43
Software Publishers $96490 $46.39
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $96470 $46.38
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services $95660 $45.99
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $95580 $45.95
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $95520 $45.93
Telecommunications $95200 $45.77
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $95020 $45.68
Nondepository Credit Intermediation $94930 $45.64
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $94220 $45.30
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $93980 $45.18
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $93950 $45.17
Insurance Carriers $93890 $45.14

Explore Other Careers

Don’t know which career to pursue?

Take the career quiz to find careers that match your personality type. Take The Career Quiz

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.