Network Administrator, IT Salary
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.Read More...
Excellent communications skills are required, since network administrator must work with internal clients from different departments of their company, external clients, or computer vendors. They must be flexible. They may be on call 24/7.
Employers prefer that network administrators have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in information technology, computer science, or other relevant fields. Some employers prefer that their network administrators possess professional certification, such as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Cisco Certified Network Associate, or Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator. They must keep themselves up to date with various new technology coming into the marketplace. They may have to travel to clients’ or vendors’ sites. They may have to coach and mentor new or more junior network administrators. They may be required to continuously attend various computer-related classes, workshops, or conferences.
Network Administrator, IT Tasks
- Build, configure, and troubleshoot local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and other company networks.
- Diagnose and correct network systems issues.
- Provide hands-on network administration support, network maintenance and operations support.
- Recommend networking software and hardware enhancements.
Common Career Paths for Network Administrator, IT
IT Network Administrators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Information Technology Director. The latter position pays an average of $103K annually. An IT Network Administrator often moves on to become an Information Technology Manager or a Network Administrator.
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Popular Skills for Network Administrator, IT
IT Network Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Internet Information Server, Linux, and Microsoft Exchange are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use and Microsoft Office. Aptitude in Cisco Networking tends to also indicate an understanding of Network Management / Administration.
Pay by Experience Level for Network Administrator, IT
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
IT Network Administrators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $56K. For IT Network Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $62K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $67K.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for IT Network Administrators that is 20 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. IT Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+19 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and San Antonio (+13 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an IT Network Administrator's salary, with Las Vegas IT Network Administrators earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Employers in Indianapolis and Fort Lauderdale also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).
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