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 annually. Total cash earnings of Network Administrators range from $36K on the low end to $77K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. For the most part, Network Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,530 - $77,050

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$14.20 - $31.88

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,530 - $77,050  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,627  
Profit Sharing
$395.94 - $5,104  
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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$36,060 - $77,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.20 - $31.88  
   
Overtime
$19.31 - $45.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,627  
   
Profit Sharing
$395.94 - $5,104  
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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$36,060 - $77,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,211
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Director of Information Technology Services, where median compensation is $105K annually. 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 $10K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Administrator


Dominating the field, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, and Compuweigh are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Network Administrators. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $64K. Also paying near the top of the field are General Dynamics Information Technology Inc at $62K, Caci International Inc at $59K, and U.S. Marine Corps, where Network Administrators annually earn $57K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Compuweigh at $51K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $51K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Network Administrators there earn up to $77K.

Popular Skills for Network Administrator


Network Administrators seem to wield many 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. It is often found that people who know Network Management / Administration are also skilled in Cisco Networking and Microsoft Exchange. Those educated in Microsoft Active Directory tend to be well versed 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $55K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Network Administrators make a median salary of $62K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $66K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Network Administrators in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami.

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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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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Network Management / Administration
0%

Microsoft Active Directory
0%

Windows 2003 Server
0%

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 1202 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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%
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