Network Administrator, IT Salary

A sizeable majority of IT Network Administrators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $53K per year. Cash earnings for IT Network Administrators — including $5K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $34K to $74K depending on individual performance. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for IT Network Administrators is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,193 - $74,268
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$74K
MEDIAN: $52,919
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$13.48 - $31.83
(Median)
$13
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,193 - $74,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,083  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,072  
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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$34,345 - $74,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,333
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $31.83  
   
Overtime
$18.08 - $44.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,083  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,072  
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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$34,345 - $74,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 470
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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 who go on to become Information Technology Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Information Technology Directors is $102K annually. IT Network Administrators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Information Technology Managers or Network Administrators. The median paychecks in those roles are $25K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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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 System Administration, Novell NetWare, VMware ESX, and Network Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Microsoft Exchange are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Administrator, IT

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. For IT Network Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $62K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,675

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

IT Network Administrators will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. IT Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+18 percent), New York (+17 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Oklahoma City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Portland and 1 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
$52,000


Skills That Affect Network Administrator, IT Salaries



Novell NetWare
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Cisco Networking
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Network Support
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Network Management / Administration
0%

Microsoft Exchange
0%

Windows 2003 Server
0%

National Average
$52,000

Linux
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 329 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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