How much does a Systems Administrator II make in the United States? The average Systems Administrator II salary in the United States is $90,235 as of January 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $79,778 and $101,666. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Systems Administrator II Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Systems Administrator II Salary $70,258 US January 26, 2024
25th Percentile Systems Administrator II Salary $79,778 US January 26, 2024
50th Percentile Systems Administrator II Salary $90,235 US January 26, 2024
75th Percentile Systems Administrator II Salary $101,666 US January 26, 2024
90th Percentile Systems Administrator II Salary $112,074 US January 26, 2024
25% $79,778 10% $70,258 90% $112,074 75% $101,666 $90,235 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Systems Administrator II need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem in order to solve it, and make the product or process operational again. Troubleshooting is needed to identify the symptoms. Determining the most likely cause is a process of elimination—eliminating potential causes of a problem. Finally, troubleshooting requires confirmation that the solution restores the product or process to its working state. In general, troubleshooting is the identification or diagnosis of "trouble" in the management flow of a system caused by a failure of some kind. The problem is initially described as symptoms of malfunction, and troubleshooting is the process of determining and remedying the causes of these symptoms. A system can be described in terms of its expected, desired or intended behavior (usually, for artificial systems, its purpose). Events or inputs to the system are expected to generate specific results or outputs. (For example, selecting the "print" option from various computer applications is intended to result in a hardcopy emerging from some specific device). Any unexpected or undesirable behavior is a symptom. Troubleshooting is the process of isolating the specific cause or causes of the symptom. Frequently the symptom is a failure of the product or process to produce any results. (Nothing was printed, for example). Corrective action can then be taken to prevent further failures of a similar kind.


Installation: The action or process of installing someone or something, or of being installed. the act of installing the state of being installed, something that is installed for use.


Technical Support: Offering hands-on assistance and solutions to end-users in addressing and troubleshooting technical issues.

Troubleshooting 6.02%
Installation 2.22%
Technical Support 1.43%
Others 90.33%

Job Description for Systems Administrator II

Systems Administrator II maintains and supports the integrity of the operating system environment and various computer systems. Performs systems maintenance tasks, such as system back-up, recovery, and file maintenance to promote uptime and efficient performance. Being a Systems Administrator II acquires, installs, and tests system software upgrades and computer components. Configures software and resolves technical problems. Additionally, Systems Administrator II maintains documentation of IT infrastructure and troubleshooting procedures. Requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to a manager. The Systems Administrator II occasionally directed in several aspects of the work. Gaining exposure to some of the complex tasks within the job function. To be a Systems Administrator II typically requires 2-4 years of related experience. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. Some follow a linear career path within one field, while others change fields periodically to achieve career or personal goals.

For Systems Administrator II, the first career path typically starts with a Systems Administrator III position, and then progresses to Systems Administrator IV.

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Systems Administrator II salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Systems Administrator II, the highest Systems Administrator II salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Systems Administrator II salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Systems Administrator II salary is in Miami, FL, where the Systems Administrator II salary is 2.9% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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