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Senior Network Administrator, IT Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of IT Senior Network Administrators in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $49K to $96K per year, but median earnings come to around $69K annually. In the world of IT Senior Network Administrators, total cash compensation can vary between $49K and $96K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $7K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,234 - $92,527
(Median)
$49K
$69K
$93K
MEDIAN: $69,397
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50%
90%

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$17.98 - $40.85
(Median)
$18
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $25.00
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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,234 - $92,527  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,754  
Profit Sharing
$795 - $7,299  
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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$48,796 - $95,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,057
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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.98 - $40.85  
   
Overtime
$10.01 - $52.91  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,754  
   
Profit Sharing
$795 - $7,299  
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).
)
$48,796 - $95,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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Job Description for Senior Network Administrator, IT

Information technology (IT) senior network administrators are responsible for providing system- and network-related solutions for their organization's information-technology assets. They oversee the functioning of networking equipment and follow strict maintenance standards. Their experience in the IT and networking fields is also used to develop new strategies to optimize server operation. They work with other IT team members, supervisors, and end-users to work on connectivity problems. IT senior network administrators also manage complex system requirements and create technical documentation for users.

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Senior Network Administrator, IT Tasks

  • Perform day-to-day administration of the company's network infrastructure.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot network performance and security issues.
  • Install, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot routers, gateways, firewalls, and other networking infrastructure for local area and wide area networks (LAN/WAN), including Internet connectivity.
  • Train and provide troubleshooting procedures to helpdesk personnel for first-line network issues.

Common Career Paths for Senior Network Administrator, IT


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IT Senior Network Administrators who transition into an Information Technology Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $101K per year. It is quite typical for IT Senior Network Administrators to transition into roles as Information Technology Managers or Senior Network Engineers, where reported median earnings are $6K and $18K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Network Administrator, IT


IT Senior Network Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Virtualization, Storage Area Networking, Windows 2003 Server, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, SQL, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people who know Microsoft Exchange also know Cisco Networking.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Network Administrator, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


IT Senior Network Administrators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $62K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $67K. On average, IT Senior Network Administrators make $73K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $79K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, IT Senior Network Administrators in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. IT Senior Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+16 percent), New York (+16 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Denver (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 3 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries



National Average
$70,000



Skills That Affect Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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Virtualization
up arrow 4%

Windows 2003 Server
up arrow 3%

VMware ESX
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Microsoft Active Directory
up arrow 1%

Cisco Networking
0%

National Average
$70,000

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
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Network Management / Administration
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 3%

Linux
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%
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