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Network Administrator, IT Salary

Male IT Network Administrators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $51K annually in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of IT Network Administrators spread between $34K and $72K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for IT Network Administrators is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,431 - $72,801
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,208
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50%
90%

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$13.35 - $29.38
(Median)
$13
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,431 - $72,801  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,111  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $8,500  
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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$33,579 - $72,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,769
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $29.38  
   
Overtime
$19.07 - $41.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,111  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $8,500  
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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$33,579 - $72,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 609

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Job Description for Network Administrator, IT

IT network administrators are responsible for supporting groups of computers and other technology devices that are interconnected and communicate using different computer technologies, such as local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN). IT network administrators are responsible for both the hardware and software that is required to build, configure and maintain a LAN and/or WAN. They also troubleshoot the organization's network infrastructure when problems arise. Network administrators have knowledge and understanding of servers, firewalls and routers as well as a strong background in network design, implementation and network connectivity experience.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Network Administrator, IT


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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. The most common next step for an IT Network Administrator is to become an Information Technology Manager or an IT Senior Network Administrator. The former position pays an additional $26K per year on average, and the latter position pays $16K more per year.

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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, Cisco Networking, Windows 2003 Server, and Microsoft Active Directory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Microsoft Exchange also know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for IT Network Administrators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $45K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $60K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Network Administrator, IT Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Network Administrator, IT Salaries


Cisco Networking
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SQL
up arrow 2%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Active Directory
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 1%

Network Management / Administration
0%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
0%

Microsoft SQL Server
0%

National Average
$50,000

Linux
up arrow 1%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 459 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%
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