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Entry-Level Network Administrator Salary

The average Entry-Level Network Administrator earns approximately $49K annually. Total cash earnings of Entry-Level Network Administrators range from $31K on the low end to $68K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $5K, respectively. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Entry-Level Network Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,328 - $67,879
(Median)
$34K
$49K
$68K
MEDIAN: $48,775
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$12.38 - $27.12
(Median)
$12
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,328 - $67,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,984  
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $4,637  
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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$31,389 - $67,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,007
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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.38 - $27.12  
   
Overtime
$17.60 - $39.83  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $4,637  
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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$31,389 - $67,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 605

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Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Network Administrators, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+15 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Miami and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

Network Administrator Advice

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

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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Network Administrator Salaries


VMware ESX
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Virtualization
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Windows 2003 Server
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Network Support
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National Average
$47,000

Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Exchange
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Linux
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 456 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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