Network Administrator Salary

Network Administrators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $55K annually. Incomes of Network Administrators vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $5K cause paychecks to spread between $36K on the low end and $77K on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Network Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$38,410 - $76,967
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,826
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$14.10 - $31.51
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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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
$38,410 - $76,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,352  
Profit Sharing
$404.06 - $5,123  
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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$36,051 - $77,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,870
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $31.51  
   
Overtime
$19.34 - $45.50  
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 - $5,352  
   
Profit Sharing
$404.06 - $5,123  
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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$36,051 - $77,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,124

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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 $105K annually. A common career progression for a Network Administrator is to become a Network Engineer or an Information Technology Manager. Compared to Network Administrators, the first group earns $10K more on average, and the second group earns $22K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Administrator


Known for taking on a considerable number of Network Administrators, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and Compuweigh are leading firms in the industry. Network Administrators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where the average salary comes to $65K.

Popular Skills for Network Administrator


Network Administrators report using a large range 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 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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. Most people experienced in Microsoft Active Directory also know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $47K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $55K. Network Administrators bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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


With a pay rate for Network Administrators that is 29 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). In Miami, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Network Administrator Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Network Administrator Salaries




Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Exchange
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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1228 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: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%