Network Administrator Salary

Male Network Administrators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $55K per year in the United States. Total cash earnings of Network Administrators range from $36K on the low end to $77K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $5K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,518 - $77,009
(Median)
$39K
$55K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,912
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$14.21 - $31.85
(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
$38,518 - $77,009  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,548  
Profit Sharing
$395.24 - $5,106  
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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$36,006 - $77,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.21 - $31.85  
   
Overtime
$19.37 - $45.51  
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 - $5,548  
   
Profit Sharing
$395.24 - $5,106  
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).
)
$36,006 - $77,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,205
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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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As Network Administrators transition into upper-level roles such as Director of Information Technology Services, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Directors of IT Services earn $105K on average per year. Typical career progression for a Network Administrator involves becoming a Network Engineer or an Information Technology Manager, roles that pay $10K more and $22K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Administrator


Network Administrators flock to U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, and Compuweigh, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $64K.

Popular Skills for Network Administrator


Network Administrators seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. Skill sets containing Network Management / Administration also tend to include Cisco Networking and Microsoft Exchange. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $55K. On average, Network Administrators make $62K following one to two decades on the job. 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


For Network Administrators, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 5 percent below the national average.

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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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Windows 2003 Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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National Average
$54,000

Network Support
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Linux
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1218 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%
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