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Network Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Network Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $44K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to Network Technicians can bottom out near $29K or peak near $65K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. For the most part, Network Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$30,512 - $62,829
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44K
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MEDIAN: $43,541
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$12.22 - $29.25
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,512 - $62,829  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,788  
Profit Sharing
$249.17 - $2,860  
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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$29,286 - $64,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 596
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $29.25  
   
Overtime
$18.04 - $45.49  
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 - $4,788  
   
Profit Sharing
$249.17 - $2,860  
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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$29,286 - $64,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 492
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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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For Network Technicians, career progression to a Senior Network Engineer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Senior Network Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn $88K annually. A common career progression for a Network Technician is to become a Network Engineer or a Systems Administrator. Compared to Network Technicians, the first group earns $21K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician


CenturyLink offers the largest salaries in town — $71K on average.

Comcast Cable, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $48K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $31K and $73K.

Popular Skills for Network Technician


Network Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cisco Networking, Telecommunications, Windows 2003 Server, and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Help Desk / Desktop Support, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Windows Operating System General Use. It is often found that people who know Network Support are 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $48K. On average, Network Technicians make $53K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Network Technicians, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Network Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+23 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), Baltimore (+15 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). Network Technicians in San Antonio report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Atlanta and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 6 percent less, 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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Telecommunications
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Windows 2003 Server
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Network Management / Administration
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Switching and Routing
0%

National Average
$43,000

Troubleshooting
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Network Support
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%


Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

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: 17%