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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 $51K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation to IT Network Administrators bottoms out near $33K and approaches $72K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,492 - $72,603
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,159
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$13.28 - $29.41
(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
$35,492 - $72,603  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,131  
Profit Sharing
$250.83 - $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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$33,470 - $72,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,857
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $29.41  
   
Overtime
$18.32 - $42.45  
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 - $5,131  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.83 - $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).
)
$33,470 - $72,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 632

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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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As IT Network Administrators transition into upper-level roles such as Information Technology Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Information Technology Directors earn $101K on average per year. When IT Network Administrators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Information Technology Managers or IT Senior Network Administrators. Those roles pay an additional $26K and $16K, respectively.

Popular Skills for Network Administrator, IT


IT Network Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Active Directory, Windows 2003 Server, Cisco Networking, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HTML, Microsoft Word, 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.


IT Network Administrators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $45K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $51K on average. IT Network Administrators bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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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Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Active Directory
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SQL
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%

Network Management / Administration
0%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
0%

National Average
$50,000

Linux
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%

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 484 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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%