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 $128K per year, but median earnings come to around $85K annually. Total cash compensation to Network Managers bottoms out near $51K and approaches $128K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $16K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Network Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority.

$55,231 - $123,766
(Median)
$55K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,492
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$13.91 - $45.51
(Median)
$14
$24
$46
MEDIAN: $23.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,231 - $123,766  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $16,485  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,060  
Total Pay (?
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$51,318 - $128,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 481
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $45.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $74.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,021 - $16,485  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,060  
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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$51,318 - $128,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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 end up in upper-level roles like Information Technology Director. Information Technology Directors bring home $103K annually on average. Network Managers most frequently advance into Information Technology Manager and Data Communications Manager roles even though the median salaries are $9K lower and $8K 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, Project Management, and Network Architecture / Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Active Directory. Most people familiar with 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $63K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $78K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $92K in this role. Network Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $97K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,319

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

For Network Managers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 53 percent greater than the national average. Network Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+29 percent), New York (+22 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Network Managers in Los Angeles earning a whopping 32 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 24 percent less in Miami and 21 percent less in Albany, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
$86,000



Skills That Affect Network Manager Salaries

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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Network Security Management
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People Management
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Network Management / Administration
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VMware ESX
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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National Average
$86,000

Microsoft Exchange
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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