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Network Manager Salary (United States)

With more than two-thirds of Network Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $50K to $119K per year and averages out to $79K per year. Final cash compensation to Network Managers varies from around $50K to approximately $119K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $12K, respectively. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority (89 percent) of Network Managers who answered the questionnaire are male.
Network Manager Salary (?
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$50,046 - $112,588
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MEDIAN: $79,499
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Network Manager Salary (?
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$15.21 - $51.10
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,046 - $112,588  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $14,767  
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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$50,108 - $118,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $51.10  
   
Overtime
$23.75 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$198.66 - $14,767  
   
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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$50,108 - $118,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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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More often than not, Network Managers take top-notch roles like Information Technology Director. Pay for that position is $100K annually on average. Network Managers most frequently become Information Technology Managers and Network/Data Communications Managers even though median compensation is $4K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Network Manager

Network Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 33 percent, 27 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. 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.
For many Network Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $72K. Network Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $85K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $92K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Chicago
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Seattle
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National Average
$80,000
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Miami
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Los Angeles
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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Network Managers, 54 percent higher than the national average. Network Managers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+33 percent), Houston (+29 percent), Boston (+28 percent), and New York (+23 percent). Compared to the national average, Milwaukee Network Managers have considerably lower salaries, 32 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Los Angeles and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 27 percent lower and 18 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
$80,000

Skills That Affect Network Manager Salaries

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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People Management
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Network Management / Administration
0%
Microsoft Exchange
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National Average
$80,000
Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%