Network Administrator Salary
Men account for the majority of Network Administrators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $58K per year. In the world of Network Administrators, total cash compensation can vary between $38K and $79K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $8K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Network Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$40,196 - $78,764|
|Bonus||$101.50 - $6,761|
|Profit Sharing||$49.49 - $7,979|
|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).)
|$38,152 - $79,079|
|Hourly Rate||$14.69 - $32.16|
|Overtime||$21.32 - $49.76|
|Bonus||$101.50 - $6,761|
|Profit Sharing||$49.49 - $7,979|
|Total Pay (||$38,152 - $79,079|
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
- 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.
- Maintain IT inventories updating schedules as needed and properly disposing of equipment.
Common Career Paths for Network Administrator
Network Administrators may progress into high-paying roles like Information Technology Director, where median compensation is $103K 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 $9K and $21K, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Administrator
U.S. Air Force (USAF), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and Compuweigh are among the top companies that take on many Network Administrators. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, General Dynamics Information Technology Inc offers the most; Network Administrators earn $79K on average there. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Caci International Inc, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and U.S. Army, where Network Administrators typically earn around $66K, $60K, or $55K, respectively.
Considering that the median salary at U.S. Marine Corps is a shallow $39K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($45K), Compuweigh ($51K), and AT&T Inc. ($53K).
Popular Skills for Network Administrator
Network Administrators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Cisco Networking, Virtualization, and Microsoft Exchange are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Network Management / Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in Cisco Networking and Microsoft Exchange. For most people, competency in Microsoft Active Directory indicates knowledge of Microsoft Exchange and Cisco Networking.
Pay by Experience Level for Network Administrator
Pay by Experience for a Network Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Network Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,863 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Network Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 1,493 salaries. An experienced Network Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 1,364 salaries. A Network Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 332 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Network Administrators in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+16 percent), Denver (+12 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Network Administrators in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Orlando and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.
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