IT Senior Network Administrators in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $55K to $105K per year, median earnings come to $76K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to IT Senior Network Administrators can bottom out near $55K or peak near $105K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Senior Network Administrators. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,581 - $100,817
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MEDIAN: $76,005
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$20.02 - $51.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,581 - $100,817  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,635  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $9,699  
Total Pay (?
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$55,207 - $105,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.02 - $51.28  
   
Overtime
$25.45 - $64.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $9,699  
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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$55,207 - $105,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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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

  • 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.
  • Perform day-to-day administration of the company's network infrastructure.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot network performance and security issues.

Common Career Paths for Senior Network Administrator, IT


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IT Senior Network Administrators may progress into high-paying roles like Chief Technology Officer, where median compensation is $148K annually. It is not unusual for an IT Senior Network Administrator to become an Information Technology Manager or an Information Technology Director.

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Popular Skills for Senior Network Administrator, IT


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Storage Area Networking, Cisco Networking, Network Architecture / Design, and Windows Server 2012 R2 are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HTML, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Internet Information Server. Those proficient in Cisco Networking are, more often than not, also skilled in VMware ESX. It is often found that people who know Network Management / Administration are also skilled in Microsoft Exchange and VMware ESX.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Network Administrator, IT

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for IT Senior Network Administrators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $65K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $76K. IT Senior Network Administrators bring in $78K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $81K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,737

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With a pay rate for IT Senior Network Administrators that is 37 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. IT Senior Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+8 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), Providence (+6 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with IT Senior Network Administrators in Colorado Springs earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Minneapolis (18 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Network Administrator, IT

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
056
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries



National Average
$77,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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