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Network Administrator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Network Administrators earn an average of $55K annually. Total cash compensation to Network Administrators varies from $36K to $77K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. 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. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$38,426 - $76,948
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,837
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90%

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$14.21 - $32.05
(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
$38,426 - $76,948  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,401  
Profit Sharing
$411.16 - $5,152  
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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$36,057 - $77,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,980
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.21 - $32.05  
   
Overtime
$19.31 - $45.65  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,401  
   
Profit Sharing
$411.16 - $5,152  
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).
)
$36,057 - $77,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,155

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Information Technology Services. The average Director of Information Technology Services brings home $105K per year. When Network Administrators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Network Engineers or Information Technology Managers. Those roles pay an additional $10K and $22K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Administrator


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Network Administrators include U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and Compuweigh. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $65K.

Popular Skills for Network Administrator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 Office, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. People who know Network Management / Administration usually also know Cisco Networking and Microsoft Exchange. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Active Directory are 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $47K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $55K. On average, Network Administrators make $62K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $66K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Network Administrators, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 9 percent below the national average.

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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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Network Support
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Windows 2003 Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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National Average
$54,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1226 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
31%
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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