Network Administrator Salary
Compared to the national salary average for Network Administrators, those in the same line of work who choose to work for General Dynamics Information Technology Inc enjoy much larger paychecks — $83K on average versus $57K per year. Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries at Caci International Inc (+$66K), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (+$60K), and U.S. Army (+$55K). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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
Network Administrators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Information Technology Director. The average Information Technology Director brings home $103K per year. The most common next step for a Network Administrator is to become a Network Engineer or an Information Technology Manager. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $22K more per year.
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Popular Skills for Network Administrator
Network Administrators seem to exploit a large range of 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 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. 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.
For many Network Administrators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $49K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. Network Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $62K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $66K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Network Administrators, New York offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+16 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Austin and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less).