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 annually. In the world of Network Technicians, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $66K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The majority of Network Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,548 - $63,675
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$64K
MEDIAN: $43,349
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$12.39 - $29.86
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,548 - $63,675  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,922  
Profit Sharing
$250.83 - $4,385  
Commission
$400.00  
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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$29,531 - $65,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 851
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.39 - $29.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.22  
Overtime
$18.96 - $46.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,922  
   
Commission
$400.00  
Profit Sharing
$250.83 - $4,385  
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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$29,531 - $65,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 778
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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, progressing to a Senior Network Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Network Engineer can earn $89K annually. When Network Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Network Engineers or Network Administrators. Those roles pay an additional $21K and $10K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician


Comcast Cable, Inc., CenturyLink, U.S. Air Force (USAF), Verizon Wireless, and Windstream Communications, Inc. are all popular places to work. Although Verizon Wireless leads the field in pay with a median salary of $67K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $51K on the low end all the way up to $105K at the top. CenturyLink, Level (3) Communications, and Amazon.com Inc also offer top salaries for Network Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $65K, $60K, and $56K, respectively.

With a median employee salary of $37K, U.S. Air Force (USAF) pays significantly less than its competitors (77 percent less than the top paying company). Comcast Cable, Inc., Windstream Communications, Inc. and Amazon.com Inc are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $48K, $53K, and $56K.

Popular Skills for Network Technician


Network Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Cisco Networking, Switching and Routing, and Windows 2003 Server are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Help Desk / Desktop Support, Information Technology Support, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those familiar with Network Support also tend to 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.


Network Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. For Network Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. 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 $58K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,261

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Network Technicians, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Network Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+29 percent), Houston (+14 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Omaha and Las Vegas (4 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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Switching and Routing
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Windows 2003 Server
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VoIP
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National Average
$43,000

Network Management / Administration
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Troubleshooting
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Network Support
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Windows Server 2008 R2
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Linux
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 282 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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