Network/Data Communications Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than two-thirds of Network/Data Communications Managers. Pay fluctuates from $47K to $127K per year, but expected earnings average $91K per year. The vast majority of Network/Data Communications Managers (87 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Network/Data Communications Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$50,636 - $124,361
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$51K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,259
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$15.32 - $54.28
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$15
$26
$54
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$50,636 - $124,361  
   
Bonus
$2,300 - $18,000  
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$46,714 - $126,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $54.28  
   
Overtime
$35.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,300 - $18,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$46,714 - $126,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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Job Description for Network/Data Communications Manager

Network/data communications managers are primarily responsible for maintaining data-transmission networks and supporting data processing systems for a company or client, as well as managing staff members who install, monitor, and analyze equipment and software and resolve any errors. These managers must map out transmissions and find ways to improve data-transfers and communication, as well as identify security threats, and they also study each network for cost-effectiveness. Using collected statistics, they also monitor trends in data in order to maintain network connections and make necessary changes.

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Network/Data Communications Manager Tasks

  • Manage data center operations staff, which installs, maintains, monitors, analyzes, and troubleshoots data center equipment and software.
  • Report to management the status of all events per the escalation procedures.
  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
  • Implement upgrade schedules to ensure facilities have required capacity and to react to unforseen demand.

Common Career Paths for Network/Data Communications Manager


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Network/Data Communications Managers who go on to become Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security is $115K annually. Given that the median pay is $77K, it may be surprising to find that an Information Technology Manager is the most common role for Network/Data Communications Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Information Technology Director role — which pays $103K — is also typical for Network/Data Communications Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Network/Data Communications Manager


Network/Data Communications Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Cisco Networking, Microsoft Exchange, and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Cisco Networking also know Microsoft Exchange.

Pay by Experience Level for Network/Data Communications Manager

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $62K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $78K. Network/Data Communications Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $99K. Network/Data Communications Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $100K.

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Experience Affects Network/Data Communications Manager Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$91,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Network/Data Communications Manager Salaries

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Exchange
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National Average
$91,000


Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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