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Network Administrator Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Network Administrators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $54K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K each, total incomes of Network Administrators generally range from $36K to $77K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors 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. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$37,911 - $76,787
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MEDIAN: $54,358
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$14.02 - $32.03
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,911 - $76,787  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,362  
Profit Sharing
$395.24 - $5,126  
Total Pay (?
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$35,815 - $77,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,382
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.02 - $32.03  
   
Overtime
$18.98 - $45.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,362  
   
Profit Sharing
$395.24 - $5,126  
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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$35,815 - $77,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,017
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Directors of IT Services. That role pays $105K per year on average. 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

U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and U.S. Army are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Network Administrators. For Network Administrators, comfortable salaries can be found at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); in fact, median earnings sit around $66K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Network Administrator

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 Linux. People who know Network Management / Administration usually also know 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.
For Network Administrators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $55K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. 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

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National Average
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Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Network Administrators in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami.

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Experience Affects Network Administrator Salaries

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$53,000

Skills That Affect Network Administrator Salaries

Microsoft Exchange
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1128 votes.

Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
32%
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%