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Senior Network Administrator, IT Salary

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 $49K to $96K per year, median earnings come to $70K annually. Total cash compensation to IT Senior Network Administrators bottoms out near $49K and approaches $96K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,372 - $92,546
(Median)
$49K
$70K
$93K
MEDIAN: $69,508
10%
50%
90%

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$17.90 - $41.08
(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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,372 - $92,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,759  
Profit Sharing
$514 - $7,250  
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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$48,973 - $96,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,054
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
$17.90 - $41.08  
   
Overtime
$9.91 - $53.17  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,759  
   
Profit Sharing
$514 - $7,250  
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).
)
$48,973 - $96,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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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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At the upper end, IT Senior Network Administrators who move into an Information Technology Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Information Technology Directors is a much higher $101K per year. The most common next step for an IT Senior Network Administrator is to become an Information Technology Manager or a Senior Network Engineer. The former position pays an additional $6K per year on average, and the latter position pays $18K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Network Administrator, IT


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Virtualization, Storage Area Networking, Windows 2003 Server, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


For IT Senior Network Administrators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $62K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $67K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $74K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $79K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, IT Senior Network Administrators in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. IT Senior Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Austin (+16 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 4 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries



National Average
$71,000



Skills That Affect Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries

Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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Virtualization
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Windows 2003 Server
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VMware ESX
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Cisco Networking
0%

Microsoft SQL Server
0%

National Average
$71,000

Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Exchange
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Linux
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 259 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
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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