Network Technician Salary

Network Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $43K per year. Total cash earnings of Network Technicians range from $29K on the low end to $65K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $4K, respectively. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Network Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,493 - $63,745
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$64K
MEDIAN: $43,486
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$12.21 - $29.39
(Median)
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,493 - $63,745  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$249.17 - $3,854  
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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$29,495 - $64,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 739
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $29.39  
   
Overtime
$18.20 - $45.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$249.17 - $3,854  
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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$29,495 - $64,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 639
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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.

Common Career Paths for Network Technician


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Network Technicians may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Network Engineer, where median compensation is $89K annually. Typical career progression for a Network Technician involves becoming a Network Engineer or a Network Administrator, roles that pay $21K more and $10K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician


Although Verizon Wireless leads the field in pay with a median salary of $67K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $51K on the low end all the way up to $105K at the top.

Comcast Cable, Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $48K) but some workers make up to $73K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Network Technician


Survey results imply that Network Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Windows 2003 Server, Cisco Networking, and Switching and Routing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Information Technology Support, Windows Server 2008 R2, 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.


Network Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $56K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Network Technicians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Network Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+25 percent), Baltimore (+24 percent), Phoenix (+22 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Little Rock and New York (7 percent less).

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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 2003 Server
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Network Management / Administration
0%

Switching and Routing
0%

National Average
$43,000

Troubleshooting
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VoIP
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Network Support
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Windows Server 2012 R2
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Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
up arrow 11%

Information Technology (IT) Support
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Windows Server 2008 R2
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 248 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 17%
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