Entry-Level Network Administrator Salary

The average Entry-Level Network Administrator earns approximately $49K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Network Administrators approaches anywhere from $32K on the lower end to $69K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Most Entry-Level Network Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$34,705 - $68,589
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,466
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$12.75 - $28.01
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$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,705 - $68,589  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$45.30 - $4,271  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$31,745 - $68,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $28.01  
   
Overtime
$17.81 - $40.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$45.30 - $4,271  
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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$31,745 - $68,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 744
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,295

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For Entry-Level Network Administrators, working in the bustling city of San Antonio has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+17 percent), Denver (+15 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (2 percent less) and Orlando (1 percent less).

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 Network Administrator Salaries


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Network Support
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Linux
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 497 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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