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Network Administrator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Network Administrators earn an average of $55K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Network Administrators can bottom out near $36K or peak near $77K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,432 - $76,901
(Median)
$38K
$55K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,813
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90%

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$14.13 - $31.91
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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
$38,432 - $76,901  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,590  
Profit Sharing
$410.22 - $5,128  
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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$35,991 - $77,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,023
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.13 - $31.91  
   
Overtime
$19.43 - $45.61  
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 - $5,590  
   
Profit Sharing
$410.22 - $5,128  
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).
)
$35,991 - $77,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,177
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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. 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, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, and Compuweigh are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Network Administrators. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $64K.

Popular Skills for Network Administrator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people who know Microsoft Active Directory also know Microsoft Exchange and Cisco Networking. Most people experienced in 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 beginner in this position makes around $47K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Network Administrators make a median salary of $62K. Network Administrators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $66K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Network Administrators in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). In Miami, salaries are 9 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 Exchange
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Network Management / Administration
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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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Linux
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1225 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: 57% employee benefits None: 13%
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