Network Administrator Salary
The national average salary for Network Administrators is $57K annually; by contrast, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc pays at a significantly higher rate, offering average pay of $83K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Caci International Inc, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and U.S. Army, top-paying firms where Network Administrators rake in a $66K, $60K, or $55K, respectively. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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
- 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.
- Maintain IT inventories updating schedules as needed and properly disposing of equipment.
Common Career Paths for Network Administrator
At the upper end, 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 $103K per year. Network Administrators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Network Engineers or Information Technology Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $9K higher and $22K higher, respectively.
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Survey takers working as Network Administrators report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Virtualization, Cisco Networking, and Microsoft Exchange are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Microsoft Active Directory indicates knowledge of Microsoft Exchange and Cisco Networking. Most people skilled in Network Management / Administration are similarly competent in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $49K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $58K. For Network Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $62K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $65K.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Network Administrators, New York offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+17 percent), Denver (+14 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Miami (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).
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