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Network Manager Salary

Network Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $80K annually on average but can range from $50K to $121K per year. Total cash compensation to Network Managers bottoms out near $50K and approaches $121K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Network Managers are male. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Network Managers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$50,344 - $115,233
(Median)
$50K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,033
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$11.23 - $50.91
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$51
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,344 - $115,233  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $14,962  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $11,800  
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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$50,184 - $121,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 652
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.23 - $50.91  
   
Overtime
$22.98 - $73.40  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$202.73 - $14,962  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $11,800  
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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$50,184 - $121,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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 $101K per year. Network Managers most frequently advance into Information Technology Manager and Data Communications Manager roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Network Manager


Survey results show that Network Managers use a fair number of 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 32 percent, 26 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $59K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $73K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Network Managers make $86K following 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 $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Network Managers that is 54 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Network Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+31 percent), Boston (+29 percent), Houston (+28 percent), and Phoenix (+25 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Network Managers is geography, with workers in Milwaukee earning a whopping 31 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 27 percent less in Los Angeles and 19 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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.

Related Job Salaries

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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 32%

People Management
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National Average
$81,000

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Active Directory
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

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