Male IT Network Administrators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $56K annually in the United States. 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 is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, IT Network Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,968 - $77,916
$39K
$56K
$78K
MEDIAN: $55,544
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$13.01 - $33.77
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$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,968 - $77,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,899  
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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$34,602 - $78,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 916
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.01 - $33.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.31  
Overtime
$19.47 - $49.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,899  
   
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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$34,602 - $78,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 314

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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

  • 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.

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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

National Average: $53,761

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Q: 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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Key Stats for Network Administrator, IT

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 197 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Network Administrator, IT Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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