Network Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Network Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $44K annually nationwide. Cash earnings for Network Technicians — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $65K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most Network Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,593 - $63,865

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$12.24 - $29.42

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,593 - $63,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,866  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $3,878  
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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$29,589 - $64,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 741
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $29.42  
   
Overtime
$18.23 - $45.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,866  
   
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $3,878  
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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$29,589 - $64,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 648
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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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Network Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Network Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $89K annually. Network Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Network Engineers or Network Administrators. The median paychecks in those roles are $21K higher and $10K 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.

For Network Technicians, below-average salaries can be found at Comcast Cable, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $48K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($31K versus $73K) is great.

Popular Skills for Network Technician


Network Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Windows 2003 Server, Cisco Networking, and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Information Technology Support, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Help Desk / Desktop Support. 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. Network Technicians bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Network Technicians, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Network Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+25 percent), Baltimore (+23 percent), Phoenix (+22 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and St. Louis (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Network Technician Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Network Technician Salaries


Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 4%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 3%

Network Management / Administration
0%

National Average
$43,000

Switching and Routing
up arrow 1%

VoIP
up arrow 2%

Network Support
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Windows Server 2012 R2
up arrow 5%



Linux
up arrow 10%

Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
up arrow 12%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 14%

Windows Server 2008 R2
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 247 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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 17%
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