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Network Technician Salary (United States)

The market for Network Technicians is most competitive in California, where the three top-paying cities can be found: Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego. In the world of Network Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $3K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $65K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Network Technician Salary (?
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$30,488 - $62,747
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MEDIAN: $43,814
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Network Technician Salary (?
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$12.20 - $29.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,488 - $62,747  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,093  
Profit Sharing
$247.47 - $2,882  
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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$29,254 - $64,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 531
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $29.25  
   
Overtime
$17.74 - $45.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,093  
   
Profit Sharing
$247.47 - $2,882  
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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$29,254 - $64,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 451
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Network Technicians move into roles as Senior Network Engineers, where pay is usually $88K per year. Network Technicians typically move into roles as Network Engineers or Systems Administrators, and those positions pay $20K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician

CenturyLink leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $71K.
Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $73K, Comcast Cable, Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $49K, the lowest in the field. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Verizon Wireless.

Popular Skills for Network Technician

Network Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Cisco Networking, Windows 2003 Server, and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Help Desk / Desktop Support and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. For Network Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Network Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $55K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Network Technicians, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. Compared to the national average, San Antonio Network Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (10 percent lower) and Seattle (3 percent lower).

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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
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National Average
$43,000
Troubleshooting
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Switching and Routing
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Network Support
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%