Men account for the majority of Network Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.67 per hour. Cash earnings for Network Technicians — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $66K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Most Network Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,548 - $65,993
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$66K
MEDIAN: $43,786
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$12.54 - $29.73
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,548 - $65,993  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,036  
Profit Sharing
$98.99 - $4,445  
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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$29,689 - $66,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 567
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.54 - $29.73  
   
Overtime
$19.65 - $46.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,036  
   
Commission
$550  
Profit Sharing
$98.99 - $4,445  
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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$29,689 - $66,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 608
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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

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

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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. Network Engineers or Network Administrators are common next-step roles for Network Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Network Engineers is $22K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Network Administrators.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician


Dominating the field, Comcast Cable, Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), Windstream Communications, Inc., CenturyLink, and Amazon.com Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Network Technicians. Verizon Wireless leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $69K. Other leaders in compensation levels are CenturyLink at $62K, Level (3) Communications at $60K, and Windstream Communications, Inc., where Network Technicians annually earn $59K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at U.S. Air Force (USAF), where the median salary is a mere $34K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Comcast Cable, Inc. at $48K, Charter Communications, Inc. at $53K, and Amazon.com Inc, where $56K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Network Technician


Network Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Wireless Data Communications, Cisco Networking, and Windows Server 2008 R2 are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Hardware Technician, Windows Operating System General Use, and Help Desk / Desktop Support. The majority of those who know Network Support also know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $46K. Network Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,222

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For Network Technicians, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Network Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+25 percent), Madison (+20 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Las Vegas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Network Technician Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Network Technician Salaries



Cisco Networking
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Windows Server 2008 R2
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Linux
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Switching and Routing
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Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
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Windows 2003 Server
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$43,000

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Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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