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Network Administrator, IT Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of IT Network Administrators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $51K annually. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of IT Network Administrators spread between $33K and $72K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. The majority of IT Network Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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Network Administrator, IT Salary (?
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$35,282 - $71,914
(Median)
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51K
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MEDIAN: $50,709
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Network Administrator, IT Salary (?
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$12.78 - $29.01
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,282 - $71,914  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,125  
Profit Sharing
$299.33 - $8,217  
Commission
$68.78 - $2,514  
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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$32,931 - $71,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.78 - $29.01  
   
Overtime
$17.73 - $42.46  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,125  
   
Commission
$68.78 - $2,514  
Profit Sharing
$299.33 - $8,217  
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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$32,931 - $71,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 777
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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 may go on to top-notch roles like Information Technology Director, where median pay is $100K annually. IT Network Administrators typically move into roles as Information Technology Managers or IT Senior Network Administrators, and those positions pay $26K more and $16K more, respectively.

Network Administrator, IT Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Network Administrator, IT

IT Network Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Active Directory, Cisco Networking, Windows 2003 Server, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Access. Most people who know 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.
For IT Network Administrators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $44K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $51K. IT Network Administrators see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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New York
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Dallas
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Atlanta
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San Antonio
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Los Angeles
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St. Louis
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Philadelphia
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Phoenix
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Chicago
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San Diego
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Minneapolis
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Portland
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National Average
$50,000
Houston
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Oklahoma City
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For IT Network Administrators, Boston provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. IT Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), and San Antonio (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 17 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Network Administrator, IT Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Network Administrator, IT Salaries

Microsoft Active Directory
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Cisco Networking
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SQL
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Windows 2003 Server
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Microsoft Exchange
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Network Management / Administration
0%
Internet Information Server (IIS)
0%
Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$50,000
Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Linux
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 600 votes.

Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 14%