Network Technician Salary (United States)

The Golden State offers the largest salaries to Network Technicians; the three top-paying cities in the field are Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego. The top of the range reaches $64,676 per year, and the bottom approaches $29,254. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. A solid majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Network Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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 (?
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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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Network Technicians who assume a position such as a Sr. Network Engineer—while uncommon—may get paid an extra $45K per year. Network Technicians most often move into positions as Network Engineers or Systems Administrators, where they can expect an extra $20K or $11,086 per year.

Network Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician

CenturyLink pays the most with a median salary of $70,574.
Comcast Cable, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $48,604. Verizon Wireless and CenturyLink also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $66,080 and $70,574.

Popular Skills for Network Technician

Network Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Telecommunications and Cisco Networking are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2) and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Those proficient in Network Support are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $39K to $48K. Salary comes to $53K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Network Technicians encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $55K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; about two-thirds of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Network Technicians in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego—the highest-paid cities for Network Technicians in California and the United States—enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Network Technicians in San Antonio take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Atlanta and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -10 percent and -3 percent, 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 2003 Server
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Network Management / Administration
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$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%