Men represent the vast majority of IT Network Administrators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $56K per year nationwide. In the world of IT Network Administrators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $35K and $78K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,052 - $77,234
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$39K
$56K
$77K
MEDIAN: $55,601
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$13.45 - $33.52
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$13
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$39,052 - $77,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,946  
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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$34,902 - $77,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 896
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.45 - $33.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.31  
Overtime
$21.16 - $50.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,946  
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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$34,902 - $77,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 300
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Job Description for Network Administrator, IT

Network administrators, IT are responsible for keeping their organization's computer network up to date. They must make sure that their system runs smoothly and efficiently. Their tasks include performing component installation, system updates, system repairs, and system testing. They must update the organization's software regularly. They are responsible for backing up data and information relevant to their computer system. They must install security software, such as virus protection and firewalls and run updates on them on a regular and timely basis. They must be able to troubleshoot network issues. They must be thoroughly familiar with their organization’s information technology (IT) hardware and infrastructure. They must have proven experience in network architecture.

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Network Administrator, IT Tasks

  • Provide hands-on network administration support, network maintenance and operations support.
  • Recommend networking software and hardware enhancements.
  • Build, configure, and troubleshoot local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and other company networks.
  • Diagnose and correct network systems issues.

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IT Network Administrators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Information Technology Director. The average Information Technology Director brings home $103K per year. It is not unusual for an IT Network Administrator to become an Information Technology Manager or a Network Administrator.

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Popular Skills for Network Administrator, IT


Survey results imply that IT Network Administrators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Windows 2003 Server, Microsoft Exchange, and Internet Information Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Employees educated in Cisco Networking are typically practiced in Network Management / Administration, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Administrator, IT

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


For IT Network Administrators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $56K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For IT Network Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $63K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $66K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,795

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

Home to some of the best pay for IT Network Administrators, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. IT Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+16 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and San Antonio (+6 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for IT Network Administrators is geography, with workers in Las Vegas earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (14 percent less) and Miami (11 percent less).

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What is it like working as a Network Administrator, IT?

Network Administrator, IT in Grand Rapids:
"Variety."
Pros: People I work with, the different tasks I perform (keeps it from getting boring), working at different small businesses/meeting lots of people.
Cons: Salaray=no overtime when I do work over 40 hours. Management wont resolve some issues that are hindering performance of company.

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Experience Affects Network Administrator, IT Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Network Administrator, IT Salaries




Novell NetWare
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Network Management / Administration
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Cisco Networking
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System Administration
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Windows Server 2008 R2
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Linux
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Network Support
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National Average
$54,000

Microsoft Active Directory
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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