Being A Sysadmin Is Worth $843,096 To Your Employer [Infographic]

Being A Sysadmin Is Worth $843,096 To Your Employer [Infographic]

Work as a systems administrator and feel undervalued? This infographic could help persuade your employer to pay you more.

Using data compiled by SolarWinds, it suggests that the combined skills a typical sysadmin deploys would cost that amount if they were handled by separate staff members. Realistically, you won’t be doing all of these jobs 100 per cent of the time — but it does provide some food for thought. For another sysadmin-centric infographic, check out how sysadmins and network managers compare. Click for a full-screen version.


  • this is a ridiculous piece of analysis. Using this logic i could make basically any job look this valuable:

    “oh you occassionally wipe down your desk, add $60k for a cleaner”
    “you take calls from customers? add $70k for a call centre worker”
    “write emails? better add an assistant’s salary too”

      • Agreed. To me that means that the sysadmin is doing 13 jobs each 1/13th of their time… So rather than add those salaries together, you need to AVERAGE them.

        Thirteen Sysadmins might be worth $843,096, but one sysadmin is worth: $64,853.53

        That’s assuming your $65k sysadmin is actually able to do the Network Architect job as well as a Network Architect … which I’m betting they can’t, otherwise they’d be a $123k Network Architect, not a $65k Sysadmin; so lets take that role out and average the rest…

        There, so your average sysadmin is worth $60,019.33 … and on average they’re getting paid $62,603.

    • I don’t think the goal of this was to make an accurate representation of what sysadmin’s are actually worth, I think the point made is that for what we do, we aren’t paid nearly enough.

    • If they were going to break it down properly they would say a sysadmin spends 1% of their time cleaning, 20% on documentation… multiply the percentages by each salary and *that* should be the total.

      It’s akin to those breakdowns showing that a housewife is worth a $200k salary because they clean, look after the kids, manage family finances, cook and so on. (I wish somebody would pay me $200k for looking after myself.)

      I’m not going to post this on my cubicle wall. I prefer not to have people laughing at me.

  • With the sysadmin dividing his time between all those jobs, but the listed salaries being for full time work in each job, the conclusion is basically useless. The admin’s worth to the company is closer to the average of the listed salaries, $64,853, and the company is only saving about $2,000.

    • A sysadmin with no people skills is probably in the wrong job.

      Certainly actually administering the systems is important, but you need the social skills to make sure that the systems are doing what the users need done.

    • I’d dare to find anyone who doesn’t! My actual title “Sales and Marketing Executive”. What I do? Sales Admin, Marketing Coordinator, Event Planning, EA to Sales Manager, Graphic Designer, Vendor Manager, and sometimes a little chunk of HR and finance!

  • As a Sysadmin I can tell: I like my job! Except my users like me and can always bait me with cake.
    “Hey Mr IT guy, could you come and look at our printer? And while you are here, grab some cake”
    Never fails.

    • +1. I’m a sysadmin because I like variety. If I spend too much of my time on one type of work the job is a lot less satisfying.

      So as well as standard sysadmin stuff I run the mobile fleet, do some coding, occasionally man reception, change lightbulbs, and general ‘duties as required’. If I’m not feeling it in one area, I can just swap to another for a while.

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