Entry-Level Network Administrator Salary (United States)

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Entry-Level Network Administrators reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $46,852 annually. The greater part enjoy medical while about two-thirds get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Entry-Level Network Administrators report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Network Administrator Salary (?
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$34,248 - $67,863
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MEDIAN: $48,524
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Entry-Level Network Administrator Salary (?
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$12.24 - $27.13
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,248 - $67,863  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,952  
Profit Sharing
$9.79 - $4,596  
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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$31,316 - $68,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,636
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $27.13  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $40.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,952  
   
Profit Sharing
$9.79 - $4,596  
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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$31,316 - $68,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 486
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Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Dallas
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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Atlanta
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National Average
$47,000
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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Network Administrators in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+17 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Minneapolis and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -10 percent and -8 percent, respectively.

Network Administrator Advice

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

Virtualization
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VMware ESX
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Network Support
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Windows 2003 Server
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft Active Directory
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National Average
$47,000
Network Management / Administration
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Linux
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Microsoft Exchange
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%