Network Administrator, IT Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, IT Network Administrators earn an average of $52K per year. Cash earnings for IT Network Administrators — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $34K to approximately $72K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most IT Network Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,868 - $72,583

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$13.61 - $29.90

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,868 - $72,583  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,114  
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $8,274  
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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$34,094 - $72,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,562
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.61 - $29.90  
   
Overtime
$19.25 - $42.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,114  
   
Profit Sharing
$244.68 - $8,274  
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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$34,094 - $72,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 514
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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 $101K per year. A common career progression for an IT Network Administrator is to become an Information Technology Manager or an IT Senior Network Administrator. Compared to IT Network Administrators, the first group earns $26K more on average, and the second group earns $15K more.

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Popular Skills for Network Administrator, IT


Survey takers working as IT Network Administrators report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in System Administration, Cisco Networking, SQL, and Windows 2003 Server are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, HTML, and Microsoft Access. For most people, competency in Microsoft Exchange indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and Cisco Networking.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Administrator, IT

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


For many IT Network Administrators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $52K. IT Network Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. 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 $60K on average.

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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
$51,000


Skills That Affect Network Administrator, IT Salaries


Microsoft Exchange
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Cisco Networking
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Windows 2003 Server
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Microsoft Active Directory
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SQL
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Network Management / Administration
0%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
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National Average
$51,000

Linux
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 383 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%
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