Network Technician, IT Salary
Men represent the vast majority of IT Network Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $47K per year nationwide. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Network Technician, IT
College degrees in computer science or information technology are generally not required for IT network technicians, though they are preferred by some employers. This position requires excellent knowledge of computer science, databases, information systems, and other related fields. Technical institute degrees or certificates are also preferred by employers, and years of prior experience as network technicians may also be required.Read More...
Generally, IT network technicians are responsible for maintaining their company's network systems by performing component installation, system updates, system repair/troubleshooting, and system testing. Although they are not required to program, general knowledge of various programming languages is often necessary in order to communicate effectively with software engineers and/or computer programmers. They must always keep their skills up-to-date to keep up with new technologies, as well.
Most, if not all, corporate systems need to run 24/7, so flexibility is required for those in this position. Network technicians may have to work days, evenings, nights, and/or weekends, depending on the employer. They may be required to travel to vendors' sites, such as Oracle or Cisco, to learn more about networks and general system operations.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are required for network technicians to work well with internal clients from different departments of their companies. They are often required to maintain computer databases to record issues and report related solutions, so knowledge of database programming is beneficial but not required. Finally, these technicians are required to attend team meetings to discuss issues, their solutions, and ongoing projects, and may train new employees, as well.
Network Technician, IT Tasks
- Install, monitor, and repair network infrastructure, including routers, switches, wireless access point, cabling, and related equipment and software.
- Participate in disaster recovery and capacity management.
Common Career Paths for Network Technician, IT
While IT Network Technicians do not often become Information Technology Directors, the job pays $103K per year on average. When IT Network Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Network Engineers or IT Network Administrators. Those roles pay an additional $19K and $2K, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Network Technician, IT
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Active Directory, Cisco Networking, Internet Information Server, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Exchange, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. It is often found that people who know Cisco Networking are also skilled in Windows Operating System General Use.
Pay by Experience Level for Network Technician, IT
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. For IT Network Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $53K.
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