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Entry-Level Network Administrator Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Network Administrators is around $49K per year. Overall incomes of Entry-Level Network Administrators generally bottom out at around $31K and peak near $68K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The majority of Entry-Level Network Administrators claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$34,224 - $67,592
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MEDIAN: $48,548
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$12.26 - $27.18
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,224 - $67,592  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,967  
Profit Sharing
$10.07 - $4,865  
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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$31,310 - $67,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,779
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $27.18  
   
Overtime
$17.32 - $39.53  
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 - $4,967  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.07 - $4,865  
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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$31,310 - $67,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 529
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Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Network Administrators, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (11 percent less) and Miami (8 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.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Network Administrator Salaries


VMware ESX
up arrow 6%

Virtualization
up arrow 6%

Network Support
up arrow 3%

Windows 2003 Server
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 1%

Network Management / Administration
0%

Microsoft Active Directory
0%

National Average
$47,000

Microsoft Exchange
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Linux
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 427 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Common Health Benefits

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