Senior Network Administrator, IT Salary

IT Senior Network Administrators in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $50K to $99K per year, median earnings come to $71K per year. Cash earnings for IT Senior Network Administrators — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $50K to approximately $99K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Senior Network Administrators. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$50,596 - $95,014
(Median)
$51K
$71K
$95K
MEDIAN: $71,141
10%
50%
90%

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$17.97 - $50.23
(Median)
$18
$27
$50
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$50,596 - $95,014  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,110  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $4,915  
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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$50,431 - $99,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 937
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$17.97 - $50.23  
   
Overtime
$9.82 - $61.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,110  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $4,915  
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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$50,431 - $99,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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.

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IT Senior Network Administrators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Information Technology Director. The average Information Technology Director brings home $102K per year. Information Technology Managers or Senior Network Engineers are common next-step roles for IT Senior Network Administrators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Information Technology Managers is $4K higher on average, and it's $17K higher for Senior Network Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Senior Network Administrator, IT


Survey results imply that IT Senior Network Administrators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Storage Area Networking, Microsoft SQL Server, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Virtualization are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $69K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $65K. IT Senior Network Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. 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 $81K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,497

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For IT Senior Network Administrators, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. IT Senior Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Austin (+15 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 7 percent below the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries



IT Security & Infrastructure
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Virtualization
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Cisco Networking
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VMware ESX
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Windows 2003 Server
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Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$72,000

Microsoft Active Directory
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Linux
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Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Exchange
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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