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. Compensation ranges from $29,254 on the low end to $64,676 per year on the high end. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $30,488 on the lower end to $62,747 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $4,093 from bonuses and upwards of $2,882 from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Job satisfaction for Network Technicians is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,488 - $62,747
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Network Technician Salary (?
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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There are some Network Technicians—though it's uncommon—that transition into Sr. Network Engineers, where earnings can rise by $45K annually. Career advancement for Network Technicians often leads to becoming Network Engineers or Systems Administrators, where they can earn $20K or $11,086 more per year.

Network Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician

CenturyLink offers the largest salaries in town—$70,574 on average.
Comcast Cable, Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $48,604) but some workers make up to $73,274, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings. Workers at Verizon Wireless and CenturyLink also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field—average earnings for these employers come to $66,080 and $70,574, respectively.

Popular Skills for Network Technician

Network Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Telecommunications and Cisco Networking are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2) and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people familiar with 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.
Though Network Technicians can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Starting out, salaries fall in the $39K range but grow to $48K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $53K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Network Technicians at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $55K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent 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. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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Network Technicians earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries 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 in Atlanta and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-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
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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%
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