Network Manager Salary

Network Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent between two-thirds and three-fourths of Network Managers. Salaries average out to around $82K per year and spread from $52K to $126K per year. Total cash earnings of Network Managers range from $52K on the low end to $126K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $12K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Network Managers. The vast majority of Network Managers (85 percent) who took the survey are men. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$53,625 - $119,844
(Median)
$54K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,916
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$13.91 - $50.17
(Median)
$14
$28
$50
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,625 - $119,844  
   
Bonus
$396.41 - $15,499  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,255  
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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$51,657 - $125,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 746
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $50.17  
   
Overtime
$24.66 - $52.84  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$396.41 - $15,499  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,255  
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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$51,657 - $125,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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Job Description for Network Manager

A network manager ensures that all parts of a company's network of computers are functioning properly. This position generally requires work outside of traditional business hours. Not only do computers have a habit of breaking at all hours of the day and night, but there are also hardware and software upgrades and other types of changes to infrastructure which generally need to be executed during non-business hours, so that workflow will not be interrupted. Some companies will offer comp time to make up for these odd hours, but others do not.

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Network Manager Tasks

  • Coordinate installation of all data circuits.
  • Schedule the installation of network devices, software and firmware patches and updates.
  • Maintain warranty and support contract documentation for network hardware and software components.
  • Monitor, control, and manage recovery from any network failures or problems.
  • Approve network and configuration changes.

Common Career Paths for Network Manager


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Network Managers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Information Technology Director, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $102K per year. Network Managers most frequently become Information Technology Managers and Network/Data Communications Managers even though median compensation is $6K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Network Manager


Survey results imply that Network Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Storage Area Networking, People Management, and Network Architecture / Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 23 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Active Directory. Most people who know Cisco Networking also know Microsoft Active Directory.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Network Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $76K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $90K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $94K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,591

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Network Managers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Network Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+32 percent), New York (+27 percent), Boston (+26 percent), and Austin (+26 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Milwaukee and Las Vegas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Network Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Network Manager?

Network Manager in Meridian:
"Making Connections."
Pros: Problem solving and networking services.
Cons: High volume emails and hostile providers.

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Experience Affects Network Manager Salaries



National Average
$83,000



Skills That Affect Network Manager Salaries

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
up arrow 28%

People Management
up arrow 23%


Project Management
up arrow 18%



National Average
$83,000

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 3%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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