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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 $43K per year. In the world of Network Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $30K and $65K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $3K, respectively. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. For the most part, Network Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,500 - $63,069
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,427
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$12.31 - $29.45
(Median)
$12
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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
$30,500 - $63,069  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,873  
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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$29,622 - $65,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 701
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
$12.31 - $29.45  
   
Overtime
$17.99 - $45.74  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,873  
   
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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$29,622 - $65,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 600

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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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At the upper end, Network Technicians who move into a Senior Network Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Network Engineers is a much higher $88K per year. Career advancement for the typical Network Technician often leads to becoming a Network Engineer or a Systems Administrator; median salaries in these positions are $21K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician


Although Verizon Wireless heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $67K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $51K to $105K.

Bringing up the rear, Comcast Cable, Inc.'s median pay of $48K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $72K.

Popular Skills for Network Technician


Network Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, VoIP, Cisco Networking, and Windows 2003 Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Those listing Information Technology Support as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Server 2008 R2 and Help Desk / Desktop Support also typically command lower compensation. 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.


For many Network Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. On average, Network Technicians make $53K following one to two decades on the job. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


For Network Technicians, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Network Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+25 percent), Baltimore (+23 percent), Phoenix (+22 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). With compensation 20 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (7 percent lower) and Orlando (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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VoIP
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Windows 2003 Server
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Network Management / Administration
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National Average
$43,000

Switching and Routing
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Network Support
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
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Windows Server 2012 R2
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Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
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Windows Server 2008 R2
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 251 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%
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