Network Administrator Salary

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 $56K annually. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Network Administrators spread between $36K and $78K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most Network Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$38,856 - $77,351
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$77K
MEDIAN: $55,504
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$14.39 - $32.22
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,856 - $77,351  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,013  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $5,076  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$36,318 - $77,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,813
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $32.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.72 - $46.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,013  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $5,076  
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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$36,318 - $77,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,396
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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 $106K per year. Career advancement for the typical Network Administrator often leads to becoming a Network Engineer or an Information Technology Manager; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Administrator


Dominating the field, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, and Compuweigh are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Network Administrators. Network Administrators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, where the average salary comes to $62K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) at $60K, Caci International Inc at $59K, and U.S. Marine Corps, where Network Administrators annually earn $55K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Compuweigh at $51K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $52K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Network Administrators there earn up to $78K.

Popular Skills for Network Administrator


Network Administrators report using a deep pool 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 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people who know Network Management / Administration also know Cisco Networking and Microsoft Exchange. Those educated in Microsoft Active Directory tend to be well versed 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.


Network Administrators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. Network Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $62K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $65K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,571

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

Network Administrators will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami.

Network Administrator Reviews

What is it like working as a Network Administrator?

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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Experience Affects Network Administrator Salaries




National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Network Administrator Salaries




Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Exchange
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Active Directory
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National Average
$55,000

Network Support
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Windows 2003 Server
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Linux
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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 1298 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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