An average Computer Network Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $59K per year. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision insurance. Most Computer Network Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Computer Network Specialists (86 percent) who took the survey. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$39,866 - $101,849
MEDIAN: $59,249

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$39,866 - $101,849  
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$38,783 - $100,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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Job Description for Computer Network / LAN Specialist

  • Write user and procedural documentation.
  • Monitor LAN performance and security.
  • Manage user accounts, configure user access to local area network (LAN) resources, and troubleshoot network and desktop connectivity problems.
  • Establishes and implements LAN policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Acquire, install, maintain and use the organization's local area network.

Common Career Paths for Computer Network / LAN Specialist

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Computer Network Specialists who transition into an Information Technology Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $77K per year. A lot of Computer Network Specialists advance their careers by becoming IT Network Administrators and Information Technology Specialists. However, those positions offer $5K less and $5K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Computer Network / LAN Specialist

Computer Network Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cisco Networking, Microsoft Exchange, Network Management / Administration, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people who know Network Management / Administration also know Cisco Networking.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Network / LAN Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $50K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $44K. On average, Computer Network Specialists make $65K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $100K.

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Experience Affects Computer Network / LAN Specialist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Computer Network / LAN Specialist Salaries

Cisco Networking
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National Average

Microsoft Exchange
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Network Management / Administration
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.


14 %
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%