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Network/Data Communications Manager Salary

The majority of Network/Data Communications Managers in the United States — around four in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $53K to $132K per year, and the median is $89K annually. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for Network/Data Communications Managers is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$52,700 - $125,800
MEDIAN: $89,446

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$52,700 - $125,800  
$881 - $16,341  
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).
$52,588 - $131,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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Job Description for Network/Data Communications Manager

  • 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.
  • Plan and schedule equipment acquisition and installation.
  • Analyze data and forecast user demand to determine equipment required.
  • Conduct studies of services, equipment capacity, data rates, and estimated costs.

Common Career Paths for Network/Data Communications Manager

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Network/Data Communications Managers who transition into an upper level Director of Computing & Information Technology Security role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $109K per year. Becoming an Information Technology Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Network/Data Communications Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A typical salary for an Information Technology Manager is $76K. Another frequent advance is for Network/Data Communications Managers to assume an Information Technology Director role; in this role, workers often take home $100K.

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Popular Skills for Network/Data Communications Manager

Network/Data Communications Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Cisco Networking can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Experience with Cisco Networking is often linked with knowledge of Network Management / Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Network/Data Communications Manager

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

Network/Data Communications Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $80K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $92K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $94K on average.

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Experience Affects Network/Data Communications Manager Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Network/Data Communications Manager Salaries

Cisco Networking
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking

National Average

Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Exchange
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.


10 %
90 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%