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Network Technician Salary

Male Network Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $44K annually in the United States. Total cash compensation for Network Technicians runs from $30K to $65K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Network Technicians. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,496 - $63,486
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,572
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50%
90%

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$12.29 - $29.34
(Median)
$12
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,496 - $63,486  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,867  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $3,477  
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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$29,520 - $65,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 668
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $29.34  
   
Overtime
$18.04 - $45.36  
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 - $4,867  
   
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $3,477  
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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$29,520 - $65,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 570

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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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As Network Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Network Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Network Engineers earn $88K on average per year. Network Engineers or Network Administrators are common next-step roles for Network Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Network Engineers is $21K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Network Administrators.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician


Network Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at CenturyLink, where the average salary comes to $71K.

Offering only $48K on average, Comcast Cable, Inc. seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $32K on the lower end and $72K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Network Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Cisco Networking, VoIP, and Windows 2003 Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Server 2008 R2, Help Desk / Desktop Support, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people experienced in 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.


For Network Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $48K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Network Technicians bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Network Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $55K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Network Technicians, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Network Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+25 percent), Baltimore (+23 percent), Madison (+20 percent), and Dallas (+16 percent). Network Technicians in San Antonio take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and New York (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, 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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VoIP
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Windows 2003 Server
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Network Management / Administration
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Switching and Routing
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National Average
$43,000

Troubleshooting
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Network Support
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Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
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Windows Server 2008 R2
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
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%