Network Administrator Salary

Men account for the majority of Network Administrators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $55K per year. Overall cash earnings for Network Administrators stretch from $36K on the lower end to $77K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and geography. Job satisfaction for Network Administrators is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,498 - $76,939
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,908
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$14.20 - $31.90
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,498 - $76,939  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,494  
Profit Sharing
$395.24 - $5,106  
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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$35,985 - $77,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.20 - $31.90  
   
Overtime
$19.35 - $45.53  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,494  
   
Profit Sharing
$395.24 - $5,106  
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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$35,985 - $77,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,202
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Job Description for Network Administrator

Network administrators are responsible for the upkeep of computer hardware and software systems. They usually focus on the network components within their company. In some cases it is the responsibility of network administrators to design and implement new networks. Although some of the responsibilities for network administrators may vary depending on the size and locations of the company they work for, there are still some common responsibilities that all administrators will share. They are generally in charge of network address assignments, management and implementation of protocols. They also handle the maintenance of networks and file servers. When working for smaller companies, network administrators are also usually in charge of conducting maintenance on computers, printer, routers, smartphones, etc. Their duties include network monitoring, testing for weaknesses, handling updates, installing and implementing security programs, and evaluating network management software. Network administrators are also responsible for ensuring that the network used by the organization is working effectively and is properly maintained. Administrators who work for smaller companies also have the responsibility of making sure that licenses are paid for and up to date, checking for security breaches, and maintaining proper installations and applications. In order to become a network administrator it is important to have extensive technical knowledge. It is also important to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, mathematics, or another related field. Working as a network administrator can be stimulating and exciting for those with an interest in technology and computer networks.


Network Administrator Tasks

  • Maintain IT inventories updating schedules as needed and properly disposing of equipment.
  • Perform delivery, physical setup, installation, troubleshooting and repair of all hardware and software.
  • Maintain telecom system, including telecom, handsets and company PDA’s.
  • Train users on software applications, systems, AV and telecomm systems.

Common Career Paths for Network Administrator


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At the upper end, Network Administrators who move into a Director of Information Technology Services role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Directors of IT Services is a much higher $105K per year. The most common next step for a Network Administrator is to become a Network Engineer or an Information Technology Manager. The former position pays an additional $10K per year on average, and the latter position pays $22K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Administrator


U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, and Compuweigh are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Network Administrators. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) offers the most; Network Administrators earn $64K on average there.

Popular Skills for Network Administrator


Survey results imply that Network Administrators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Virtualization, Cisco Networking, and Microsoft Exchange are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people who know Network Management / Administration also know Cisco Networking and Microsoft Exchange. Those proficient in Microsoft Active Directory are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Exchange and Cisco Networking.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Administrator

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


For Network Administrators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $55K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. Network Administrators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $66K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Network Administrators, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Network Administrator Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Network Administrator Salaries




Microsoft Exchange
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Windows 2003 Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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National Average
$54,000

Network Support
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Linux
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1220 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%
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