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Senior Network Administrator, IT Salary

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 $48K to $95K per year, but median earnings come to around $69K annually. Cash earnings for IT Senior Network Administrators — including $10K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $48K to $95K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most IT Senior Network Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,777 - $92,353
(Median)
$49K
$69K
$92K
MEDIAN: $69,192
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90%

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$17.66 - $40.58
(Median)
$18
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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
$48,777 - $92,353  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
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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$48,251 - $95,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,061
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
$17.66 - $40.58  
   
Overtime
$10.04 - $52.33  
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 - $9,696  
   
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).
)
$48,251 - $95,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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 go on to become Information Technology Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Information Technology Directors is $101K annually. Typical career progression for an IT Senior Network Administrator involves becoming an Information Technology Manager or a Senior Network Engineer, roles that pay $6K more and $18K more on average.

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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, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, SQL, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. The majority of those 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 many IT Senior Network Administrators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $67K on average — a distinctly larger sum. IT Senior Network Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $73K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $77K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries



National Average
$70,000



Skills That Affect Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries



Windows 2003 Server
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VMware ESX
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Cisco Networking
0%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
0%

National Average
$70,000

Microsoft SQL Server
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Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Exchange
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Linux
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Windows Operating System General Use
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 273 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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