Network Manager Salary

Network Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little under three-quarters have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $80K annually, but may range from $50K to $122K per year. Overall cash earnings for Network Managers stretch from $50K on the lower end to $122K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $13K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. There are far more male Network Managers survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. Most Network Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,800 - $116,165
(Median)
$51K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,006
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$11.40 - $50.62
(Median)
$11
$28
$51
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,800 - $116,165  
   
Bonus
$384.38 - $15,059  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $12,800  
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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$50,403 - $122,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 692
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $50.62  
   
Overtime
$23.75 - $63.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$384.38 - $15,059  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $12,800  
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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$50,403 - $122,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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 often transition into Information Technology Director positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Information Technology Directors earn $101K per year. Many Network Managers go on to become Information Technology Managers or Network/Data Communications Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Network Manager


Network Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Storage Area Networking, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 26 percent, and 19 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 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.


For many Network Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $59K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $73K. Network Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $93K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Network Managers will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 54 percent. Network Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+31 percent), Houston (+30 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and New York (+23 percent). Network Managers in Milwaukee report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 28 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Los Angeles and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (27 percent less and 19 percent less, respectively).

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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
$81,000



Skills That Affect Network Manager Salaries

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
up arrow 31%

People Management
up arrow 26%

Project Management
up arrow 19%




National Average
$81,000

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Active Directory
up arrow 3%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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