Network Administrator, IT Salary

Men represent the vast majority of IT Network Administrators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $53K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation to IT Network Administrators bottoms out near $34K and approaches $74K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, IT Network Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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.

Common Career Paths for Network Administrator, IT


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For IT Network Administrators, progressing to an Information Technology Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Information Technology Director can earn $102K annually. Typical career progression for an IT Network Administrator involves becoming an Information Technology Manager or a Network Administrator, roles that pay $25K more and $2K more on average.

Popular Skills for Network Administrator, IT


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Microsoft Exchange also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Administrator, IT

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


IT Network Administrators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $47K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $54K. IT Network Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $59K. 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 $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,675

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

For those looking to make money, IT Network Administrators in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. IT Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+18 percent), New York (+17 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 7 percent below the national average. Portland and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

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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
up arrow 4%

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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