What does a Director of Systems Administration do?

Systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities at an organization and help determine its information technology goals. They analyze an organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to review. They plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software systems and ensure network and electronic documents are safe and secure at the organization. They assess the cost and benefits of new projects to justify projects’ funding to top executives and determine long and short-term department personnel needs.

Systems managers learn about the newest technology and best practices and look for ways to upgrade the organization’s systems, negotiating with vendors to get the highest level of service for the organization's technology. They plan and direct other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts or software developers. Systems managers need a bachelor's degree in a computer or an information science-related field, and some organizations require a graduate degree including an MBA.

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Avg. Experience5-7 years

Director of Systems Administration Salaries

Average Base Pay

$145,120 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Jul 4, 2021

“In the early years there was plenty of team work and it was fun working with the talent.”

IT Systems Manager
Feb 26, 2020

“I have learned so much about teamwork and training which had resulted in my own career advancement.”

May 4, 2021

“Lack of personal development and career path”

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Mar 10, 2021

“Vacation time is amazing and paid holidays”

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Sep 18, 2019

“Always something new which is challenging but also great fun.”

Jul 10, 2019

“If you do not happen to meet someone willing to help then it is impossible to do good.”

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Oct 15, 2020

“Good work and life balance.”

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“Work and Life Balance is challenging.”

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