An average Entry-Level Network Administrator can expect to take home roughly $51K per year. In the world of Entry-Level Network Administrators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $32K and $68K. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$35,990 - $68,644
$36K
$51K
$69K
MEDIAN: $50,561
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50%
90%

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$13.36 - $28.63
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,990 - $68,644  
   
Bonus
$97.16 - $5,164  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,064  
Commission
$500  
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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$32,223 - $68,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,488
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.36 - $28.63  
   
Overtime
$17.98 - $40.22  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$97.16 - $5,164  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,064  
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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$32,223 - $68,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 496

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,439

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Network Administrators that is 24 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+20 percent), Denver (+14 percent), San Antonio (+12 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Grand Rapids (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Network Administrator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Network Administrator in Albuquerque:
"How the current business model functioned."
Fully understand network terminology and how it is applied on a daily basis.

Network Administrator in Visalia:
"People skills."
When I got into IT I was looking forward to not having to improve my people skills. That changed dramatically and I ended up leaving IT for a few years to do sales which helped my people skills drastically.

Network Administrator in Chicago:
"Life Of A Network Admin At A Small Community Bank."
A network administrator starting their career at a small community bank will not realize that working in such an environment is much slower than working in a larger organization that is situated in the downtown or business center area of their respective town. Although work is not as fast-paced it does bring with it the ability to take on many more tasks and projects than your peers at larger organizations because usually these small communities will have a smaller staff on hand meaning you will have more responsibilities and not be placed in a niche area of your expertise. I deal, on a day to day basis, with network administration, help desk duties, database administration, administration of our virtual server infrastructure, bank-related reporting as well as bank-related customer facing application administration. Many times I have to deal with customers over the phone as a sort of Level 2 or 3 tier support person in the event support itself is unable to resolve the issue.

Network Administrator in Bellingham:
"Make Sure You Have An Interest In It."
This may seem obvious, but don't choose Network Administration for the wrong reasons. I chose it because it seemed like a growing field which would provide reliable employment with fairly good pay, but I wasn't especially in love with it. Now, I'm 42 and have lost all passion for the job. This may have more to do with my personality, my environment, my life changes, or a combination of those, but I can't help but think that I wasn't all that passionate about it when I began, so this should be no surprise. Mark me down as one of those people who never actually figured out what they want to be when they grow up. Good luck finding your passion!

Network Administrator in Fort Myers:
"Listen To The Advice Of The Person Who Worked At The Company."
Always think outside the box and keep the big picture in sight. Never jump to conclusions and always evaluate all options before carefully choosing the course of action.

Key Stats for Network Administrator

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 279 votes.
071
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
21%
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Skills That Affect Network Administrator Salaries



Network Support
0%

VMware ESX
0%

Linux
0%

National Average
$49,000

Virtualization
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Windows Server 2008 R2
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows Server 2012 R2
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Windows 2003 Server
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 279 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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