Network Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Network Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $19.50 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Network Technicians ($30K to $66K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but career duration and geographic location are influential factors as well. Just over one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Network Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,523 - $66,420
$31K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,068
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$12.60 - $29.77
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MEDIAN: $19.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,523 - $66,420  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$99.67 - $4,955  
Commission
$550  
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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$29,663 - $66,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 553
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $29.77  
   
Overtime
$20.00 - $47.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
   
Commission
$550  
Profit Sharing
$99.67 - $4,955  
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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$29,663 - $66,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 615

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Job Description for Network Technician

Network technicians work with vendors, programmers, and customers to aid with installation and troubleshooting needs. Some other key tasks that network technicians perform include (but are not limited to): troubleshooting hardware, software and network problems; configuring and installing operating systems; training users; installing and troubleshooting network cable infrastructure; and writing scripts and creating files to enhance operating systems. Network technicians should possess the following abilities: being able to effectively troubleshoot a wide range of problems; multitask; communicate well in person and over the phone with vendors and customers (who will inevitably have varying degrees of knowledge in the network technician's field); the ability to stay organized and prioritize tasks; and the ability to work alone and to work well with others.

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Network Technician Tasks

  • Maintain the LAN which includes daily monitoring for system failures, performing daily data backups and network performance tracking.
  • Diagnose wiring problems and resolve them.
  • Prepare price quotes for customers for standard PC hardware, software and peripheral equipment.
  • Analyze problems and define solutions for existing network issues.
  • Respond to troubleshoot and repair failures preventing customer access to critical applications throughout the organization.

Common Career Paths for Network Technician


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Network Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Network Engineer. The average Senior Network Engineer brings home $90K per year. Typical career progression for a Network Technician involves becoming a Network Engineer or a Network Administrator, roles that pay $22K more and $11K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician


Comcast Cable, Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), Windstream Communications, Inc., Amazon.com Inc, and CenturyLink are all popular places to work. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Verizon Wireless offers the most; Network Technicians earn $69K on average there. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Windstream Communications, Inc., Level (3) Communications, and Amazon.com Inc, where Network Technicians typically earn around $62K, $60K, or $56K, respectively.

U.S. Air Force (USAF) employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $40K, 72 percent lower than the top payer. Comcast Cable, Inc., CenturyLink, and Charter Communications, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $47K, $53K, and $53K.

Popular Skills for Network Technician


Network Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Wireless Data Communications, Cisco Networking, and Windows 2003 Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Hardware Technician, Help Desk / Desktop Support, and Windows Operating System General Use. For most people, competency in Network Support indicates knowledge of Network Management / Administration and Cisco Networking.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Network Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. Network Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $62K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,105

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Network Technicians that is 26 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Network Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Madison (+20 percent), Boston (+14 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Denver (+6 percent). Network Technicians in Indianapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (9 percent less) and San Antonio (8 percent less).

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Key Stats for Network Technician

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Network Technician Salaries

▲43%

▲26%

▲8%

National Average
$43,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Network Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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