Network Technician, IT Salary
Men make up the majority of IT Network Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $48K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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
Though it's uncommon, some IT Network Technicians move into roles as Information Technology Directors, where pay is an average $103K per year. IT Network Technicians typically move into roles as Network Engineers or IT Network Administrators, and those positions pay $19K more and $2K more, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Network Technician, IT
IT Network Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Active Directory, Cisco Networking, Internet Information Server, and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Exchange. Most people who know Cisco Networking also know 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.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $53K.