Network Technician Salary

Network Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $44K annually. Total cash earnings of Network Technicians range from $30K on the low end to $65K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $4K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. The majority of Network Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,580 - $63,503
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$64K
MEDIAN: $43,525
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$12.21 - $29.34
(Median)
$12
$19
$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
$30,580 - $63,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,844  
Profit Sharing
$249.17 - $3,854  
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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$29,533 - $64,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 735
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $29.34  
   
Overtime
$18.29 - $45.70  
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 - $4,844  
   
Profit Sharing
$249.17 - $3,854  
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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$29,533 - $64,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 638
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Technician


Verizon Wireless does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $67K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $51K while workers on the upper end may rake in up 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 $73K.

Popular Skills for Network Technician


Survey takers working as Network Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Windows 2003 Server, Cisco Networking, and Switching and Routing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Information Technology Support, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Help Desk / Desktop Support. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. For Network Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. 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


With a pay rate for Network Technicians that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Network Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+25 percent), Baltimore (+24 percent), Phoenix (+22 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Little Rock (7 percent less) and Atlanta (6 percent less).

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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
0%

Switching and Routing
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National Average
$43,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 250 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 18%
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