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Senior Network Administrator, IT Salary

With close to two-thirds of IT Senior Network Administrators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $47K to $93K per year and averages out to $68K annually. In the world of IT Senior Network Administrators, total cash compensation can vary between $47K and $93K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $9K and $7K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most IT Senior Network Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,866 - $90,949
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MEDIAN: $67,887
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$16.49 - $40.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$47,866 - $90,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,776  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $7,349  
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$47,497 - $93,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,134
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$16.49 - $40.27  
   
Overtime
$10.05 - $52.77  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,776  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $7,349  
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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$47,497 - $93,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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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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As IT Senior Network Administrators transition into upper-level roles such as Information Technology Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Information Technology Directors on average earn $100K per year. Career advancement for the typical IT Senior Network Administrator often leads to becoming an Information Technology Manager or a Senior Network Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

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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, Windows 2003 Server, Virtualization, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Microsoft SQL Server, and SQL. Those educated in Microsoft Exchange tend to be well versed in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $59K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $66K. After working for 10 to 20 years, IT Senior Network Administrators make a median salary of $72K. IT Senior Network Administrators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $75K.

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Experience Affects Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries



National Average
$69,000



Skills That Affect Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries



Virtualization
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VMware ESX
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Cisco Networking
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National Average
$69,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 277 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%