Network Administrator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Network Administrators earn an average of $57K per year. Total cash compensation to Network Administrators approaches anywhere from $38K on the lower end to $78K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Network Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,908 - $77,921
$40K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $56,576
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$14.64 - $31.56
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MEDIAN: $21.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,908 - $77,921  
   
Bonus
$100.86 - $6,878  
Profit Sharing
$99.06 - $5,872  
Commission
$500  
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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$37,601 - $78,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $31.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.22  
Overtime
$21.49 - $48.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.86 - $6,878  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$99.06 - $5,872  
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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$37,601 - $78,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 838

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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

  • 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


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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. 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


Many Network Administrators can be found at U.S. Air Force (USAF), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and Compuweigh, firms that are at the top of the field. Network Administrators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, where the average salary comes to $79K. Also paying near the top of the field are Caci International Inc at $66K, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) at $60K, and U.S. Army, where Network Administrators annually earn $55K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at U.S. Marine Corps, where the median salary is a mere $39K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. U.S. Air Force (USAF), Compuweigh, and AT&T Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($45K, $51K, and $53K respectively).

Popular Skills for Network Administrator


Network Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Cisco Networking, Virtualization, and Microsoft Exchange are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Microsoft Active Directory also tend to know Microsoft Exchange and Cisco Networking. Most people familiar with 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.


Network Administrators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. Network Administrators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. Network Administrators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $65K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

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-6%

-22%

National Average: $55,478

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

For Network Administrators, New York provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+17 percent), Denver (+14 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Network Administrators in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (6 percent lower) and Miami (5 percent lower).

Network Administrator Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Network Administrator

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 653 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Network Administrator Salaries

▲18%

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$55,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Network Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 653 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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