Network Operations Specialist Salary
Average Network Operations Specialists in the United States make around $50K annually. Men make up the majority of Network Operations Specialists (67 percent) survey respondents. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Network Operations Specialist
Network operations specialists participate in their employer's computer network design and implementation. These specialists must be familiar with networking technologies, such as cryptographic tunneling, switching, routing, firewall, and other networking relevant tools, as well as VoIP and TDM engineering. Working knowledge of VMWare, Linux and SAN environments is often required, as is experience in routing voiceover IP traffic. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook) is desirable.Read More...
Employers prefer that their network operations specialists have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university, majoring in computer science, information technology, or other related technical fields. Some companies may accept candidates with significant experience as network operations specialists in lieu of a college degree.
Network operations specialists must be able to troubleshoot various network issues and computer system problems. Network operations specialists must ensure that their employer's computer networks - which may cover their corporate office, regional/branch offices and/or other sites - are efficient and optimal. These specialists must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. They must be able to work independently with minimal or no supervision as well as in a team environment. They must be able to communicate clearly with various network users. They must log system issues and their resolutions using computer database software. Network operations specialists must keep themselves up to date with available technology in the marketplace as well.
Network Operations Specialist Tasks
- Troubleshoot, classify, and resolve problems, analyze trends, and recommend changes.
- Document current state, trouble tickets, performance reports, network faults, and recommendations.
- Monitor, upgrade, and maintain networks to ensure smooth flow of operations.
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Pay by Experience Level for Network Operations Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $50K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $50K. On average, Network Operations Specialists make $60K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Network Operations Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $70K.