Network Manager Salary

The majority of Network Managers in the United States — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $52K to $126K per year, and the median is $82K annually. Total cash compensation for Network Managers runs from $52K to $126K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of Network Managers (85 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of Network Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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50%
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 (?
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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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Advancing into an Information Technology Director role seems to be a popular career move for Network Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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 takers working as Network Managers report using a large range of professional skills. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Active Directory. It is often found that people who know Cisco Networking are also skilled in 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $76K. Network Managers see a median salary of $90K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $94K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,591

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

For Network Managers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Network Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+32 percent), New York (+27 percent), Boston (+26 percent), and Austin (+26 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Tampa is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Las Vegas (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
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National Average
$83,000

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Exchange
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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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