Network Manager Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Network Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $51K to $130K per year, but median earnings come to around $86K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $17K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Network Managers can bottom out near $51K or peak near $130K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The vast majority (85 percent) of Network Managers who answered the questionnaire are male. Most Network Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$54,809 - $125,873
$55K
$86K
$130K
MEDIAN: $85,893
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50%
90%

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$14.58 - $36.26
$15
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,809 - $125,873  
   
Bonus
$1,443 - $17,311  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $11,920  
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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$50,516 - $129,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 470
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $36.26  
   
Overtime
$38.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,443 - $17,311  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $11,920  
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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$50,516 - $129,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Network Manager


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Moving into an Information Technology Director position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $103K annually. Many Network Managers advance into roles as Information Technology Managers or Network/Data Communications Managers, but the median salaries are $9K lower and $8K 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, Project Management, and Network Architecture / Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 14 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Active Directory. Most people skilled in Cisco Networking are similarly competent in Microsoft Active Directory.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Manager

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $78K. For Network Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $94K. 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 $98K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,787

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

With a pay rate for Network Managers that is 55 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Network Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+49 percent), Washington (+28 percent), Austin (+18 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). Network Managers in Los Angeles earn salaries far below the national average by 32 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Miami (25 percent lower) and Albany (21 percent lower).

Network Manager Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Network Manager

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Network Manager Salaries

▲13%

▲8%

National Average
$87,000

▼11%

▼29%

Skills That Affect Network Manager Salaries

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
▲22%



Network Security Management
▲7%

People Management
▲7%



IT Security & Infrastructure
▲4%

▲3%


Microsoft Exchange
▼0%

National Average
$87,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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