What Does An LMS Administrator Do?

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An LMS administrator is responsible for maintaining, implementing and developing an institution’s learning management system (LMS) They are in charge of virtually every aspect of the LMS implementation process and are required to create and execute a detailed plan for LMS growth and improvement. What is an LMS administrator?

What is LMS?

An LMS, short for Learning Management System, is a software application that organizations use to document, develop and track the learning process for their employees.

It is used for e-learning practices and in its most common form consists of two elements: a server that performs the basic functionality and a user interface that is operated by LMS administrators.

Role Overview of an LMS Administrator
Role Overview of an LMS Administrator

The software is primarily used to identify and assess organizational learning goals, and then track the progress being made toward meeting those goals. It can also be used to train employees, onboard new hires and retain employee knowledge. 

Responsibilities of an LMS administrator

An LMS administrator is mainly in charge of maintaining a Learning Management System. They make sure that the operational performance of the software is on track and often provide technical leadership in support of the system.

The administrator defines user roles and works with LMS providers to remain up-to-date on system specifications and updates. They identify any opportunities for process and quality improvements and provide feedback on any defects that may be present.

Responsibilities of an LMS Administrator
Responsibilities of an LMS Administrator

These administrators are in charge of communicating any changes to the field as needed and are required to create training courses for employees on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis. 

They maintain procedures to ensure the security and integrity of systems and provide end-user support when needed.

What are the responsibilities of an LMS administrator?

  • Maintaining a Learning Management System
  • Making sure that the operational performance of the software is on track
  • Providing technical leadership in support of the system
  • Defining user roles
  • Working with LMS providers to remain up-to-date on system specifications and updates
  • Identifying any opportunities for process and quality improvements
  • Providing feedback on any defects that may be present
  • Communicating any changes to the field as needed
  • Creating training courses for employees on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis
  • Maintaining procedures to ensure the security and integrity of systems
  • Providing end-user support when needed

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The skills of an LMS administrator

LMS administrators have exceptional computer and software skills and have knowledge of multiple web design technologies such as HTML and Javascript.

They are familiar with course design and development and have strong data entry skills. Some organizations may also require LMS administrators to be skilled in Microsoft Office programs such as Excel and PowerPoint.

Skills of an LMS Administrator
Skills of an LMS Administrator

LMS administrators are experienced in managing data electronically and have knowledge of basic project management principles. They have knowledge of learning principles and instructional design processes and have the ability to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues quickly.

They also have exceptionally strong communicational, technical and time management skills and possess a strong eye for details. 

What are the skills of an LMS administrator?

  • Exceptional computer and software skills
  • Knowledge of multiple web design technologies such as HTML and Javascript
  • Familiar with course design and development 
  • Strong data entry skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs such as Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience in managing data electronically
  • Knowledge of basic project management principles
  • Knowledge of learning principles and instructional design processes
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues quickly
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong technical skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively and efficiently
  • Strong attention-to-detail


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How do I become an LMS administrator?

In order to take on the role of an LMS administrator, a Bachelor’s degree is the first step. This can be in the field of Computer Science, Business Administration, Education or any other relevant field.

While a master’s degree is not strictly necessary, employers will often seek out candidates with a Master’s degree for higher-level roles. 

You can boost your chances of being hired as an administrator if you have undergone training and completed a few courses. Check out a few options for these down below:

Salary of an LMS administrator

The salary of an LMS administrator depends on a few factors such as the industry they work in and the position they hold. 

The annual starting salary for new administrators is up to $43,000. The average salary with a few years of experience is closer to $63,000. Senior administrators with considerable experience can earn up to $83,000 per year. 

LMS administrators in Germany make between €47,850 and €84,000 per year, while the salary range in the UK ranges between £20,000 to £41,000.

How much do LMS administrators make?

Junior $43,000
Average $63,000
Senior $83,000

How much do freelance LMS administrators make?

The freelancermap rate index in June 2021 shows an average hourly rate of $100. Considering an 8-hour working day, freelance administrators make about $800 a day.

Average Hourly Rate of LMS Administrators freelancers
Average Hourly Rate of LMS Administrators
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