System Administrator Salary – What’s The Industry Average?

Let’s get this straight – All of us work to make money, a ton of money. We constantly are thinking about moving up in the pay scale. But developing your skills alone might not make the cut for you! This small study of the IT system administrator salary trends across the globe will startle you. 

As Frank Underwood from the famous TV show ‘House of Cards’ states, “It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value”. While he was referring to power centers, the principles apply to salaries as well – location might be everything.

Let’s check out how far this is true!

system administrator salary - around the world...

Seems like Underwood wasn’t all that wrong! What’s the catch? Countries like India, Middle east with lower pay scale don’t view system admin jobs as a long-term career path. People tend to shift their careers once they have 10 -12 years of experience.  This is in complete contrast to other countries like USA & UK, the flag-bearers of the IT industry.

Before you start thinking of moving to the more lucrative countries, remember that there’s always going to be a trade-off between salary, cost of expense and of course the comfort of staying closer to home 😉

Let me quote Underwood to round this off “Proximity to power deludes some into believing that they yield it”. After all, money cannot buy everything!