Computer / Network Support Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Network Support Technicians earn an average of $17.78 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $5K, total cash payment to Network Support Technicians can bottom out at $28K or peak near $61K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Just under one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Most Network Support Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$30,971 - $62,598
$31K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,090
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$11.93 - $25.95
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.78
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,971 - $62,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,954  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,128  
Commission
$5,200  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,273 - $60,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 969
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $25.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$16.69 - $40.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,954  
   
Commission
$5,200  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,128  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,273 - $60,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,093

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Job Description for Computer / Network Support Technician

A Computer/Network Support Technician’s main responsibility is to provide technical support to the computer and network operations. This includes initially receiving problem calls from users either online or by telephone and troubleshooting the problem until it is resolved. It also involves updating the system log by creating a problem ticket and entering the details of the problem such as the caller name, the application program affected, the root cause of the problem, etc. This job requires excellent analytical and communication skills, ability to multi-task due to simultaneous problem calls in some instance, high tolerance to stress and agility in a fast-paced environment. At a minimum, a Computer/Network Support Technician usually holds a certificate in Networking. They are usually hired by established businesses especially large corporations. They work in an office environment usually near the physical computer or network installation where he interacts with the other support staff. The technician reports to a supervisor or manager who may be the Systems Administrator. They may work the regular schedule or in some cases, may be assigned on a rotation or shift schedule. In some cases, the support technician may have to work offsite. They interact mostly with the system or application users.


Computer / Network Support Technician Tasks

  • Answer, evaluate, and prioritize incoming telephone, voicemail, e-mail, and in person requests for assistance from users experiencing technical problems.
  • Respond to technical issues as they arise.
  • Provide continuous status information to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Initiate customer contact, escalate to appropriate parties and resolve incidents.

Common Career Paths for Computer / Network Support Technician


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Though it's uncommon, some Network Support Technicians move into roles as Information Technology Directors, where pay is an average $103K per year. When Network Support Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become IT Network Administrators or Network System Administrators. Those roles pay an additional $7K and $11K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer / Network Support Technician


Those at Level (3) Communications can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $51K.

Popular Skills for Computer / Network Support Technician


Network Support Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Active Directory, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Cisco Networking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Computer Hardware Technician are similarly competent in Network Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer / Network Support Technician

Pay by Experience for a Computer / Network Support Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer / Network Support Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 1,244 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer / Network Support Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 625 salaries. An experienced Computer / Network Support Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 467 salaries. A Computer / Network Support Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 145 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,126

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Network Support Technicians, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Network Support Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+21 percent), New York (+21 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), and St. Louis (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Tampa and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Computer / Network Support Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer / Network Support Technician?

Computer / Network Support Technician in Lancaster:
"There are problems to solve all the time."
Pros: I like to help people make their job a little easier. I like teaching people how to work more efficiently on a computer.
Cons: I'm the underdog. I get put on all the easy, but abundant work with hardly any help.

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Key Stats for Computer / Network Support Technician

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 353 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Computer / Network Support Technician Salaries

▲26%

▲23%

▲5%

National Average
$41,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Computer / Network Support Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 353 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 23%