Network Administrator, IT Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, IT Network Administrators earn an average of $51K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of IT Network Administrators spread between $34K and $72K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of IT Network Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,693 - $72,481
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,427
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$13.50 - $29.94
(Median)
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,693 - $72,481  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,122  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $8,243  
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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$33,928 - $72,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,596
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $29.94  
   
Overtime
$18.81 - $42.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,122  
   
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $8,243  
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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$33,928 - $72,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 520
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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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At the upper end, IT Network Administrators who move into an Information Technology Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Information Technology Directors is a much higher $101K per year. IT Network Administrators typically move into roles as Information Technology Managers or IT Senior Network Administrators, and those positions pay $26K more and $15K more, respectively.

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 Microsoft Active Directory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, HTML, and Microsoft Access. The majority of those 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $52K. IT Network Administrators bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. IT Network Administrators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $60K.

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Experience Affects Network Administrator, IT Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Network Administrator, IT Salaries


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

Internet Information Server (IIS)
0%

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 390 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%
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