Network Administrator Salary

Network Administrators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $56K annually. Total cash earnings of Network Administrators range from $36K on the low end to $78K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $5K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by geography and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Network Administrators. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$38,856 - $77,351
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$77K
MEDIAN: $55,504
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$14.39 - $32.22
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,856 - $77,351  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,013  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $5,076  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$36,318 - $77,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,813
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $32.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.72 - $46.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,013  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $5,076  
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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$36,318 - $77,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,396
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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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Network Administrators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Director of Information Technology Services. The latter position pays an average of $106K annually. Typical career progression for a Network Administrator involves becoming a Network Engineer or an Information Technology Manager, roles that pay $10K more and $22K more on average.

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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 among the top companies that take on many Network Administrators. For Network Administrators, comfortable salaries can be found at General Dynamics Information Technology Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $62K, the highest in the area. Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) ($60K), Caci International Inc ($59K), and U.S. Marine Corps ($55K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Compuweigh at $51K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $52K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Network Administrators there earn up to $78K.

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 SQL Server 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 Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Active Directory are also skilled in Microsoft Exchange and Cisco Networking. The majority of those who know Network Management / Administration also know Cisco Networking and Microsoft Exchange.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Administrator

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $65K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,571

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

For Network Administrators, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami.

Network Administrator Reviews

What is it like working as a Network Administrator?

Network Administrator in Saranac Lake:
"Great Entry Position/Poor Long Term Position."
Pros: I am able to work in the field that I went to school for immediately out of college. The area also provides me with the resources and trust needed to complete my tasks.
Cons: Internal politics caters to reactive (short term) solutions as opposed to proactive (long term) solutions.

Network Administrator in Austin:
"A review."
Pros: Great atmosphere. Great co-workers. Flexible schedule allowing me to experience life outside work.
Cons: Dependency. Being the only IT person for an entire store means I wear all the hats and nobody else is trained as a replacement. 9am-11pm on call. 2 weeks vacation doesn't mean much if it keeps getting interrupted.

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Experience Affects Network Administrator Salaries




National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Network Administrator Salaries




Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Exchange
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Active Directory
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National Average
$55,000

Network Support
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Windows 2003 Server
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Linux
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1298 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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