Senior Network Administrator, IT Salary

Somewhere 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 $49K to $97K per year, but median earnings come to around $70K per year. Total cash compensation to IT Senior Network Administrators approaches anywhere from $49K on the lower end to $97K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,565 - $93,109
(Median)
$50K
$70K
$93K
MEDIAN: $69,703
10%
50%
90%

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$18.11 - $46.03
(Median)
$18
$25
$46
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
$49,565 - $93,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,919  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $5,537  
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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$49,362 - $97,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,026
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$18.11 - $46.03  
   
Overtime
$9.92 - $54.16  
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 - $9,919  
   
Profit Sharing
$513 - $5,537  
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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$49,362 - $97,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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 earn $101K on average per year. IT Senior Network Administrators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Information Technology Managers or Senior Network Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $5K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Network Administrator, IT


Survey takers working as IT Senior Network Administrators report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in IT Security & Infrastructure, Storage Area Networking, Virtualization, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, SQL, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. For most people, competency in Microsoft Exchange indicates knowledge of 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 $63K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $68K on average — a distinctly larger sum. IT Senior Network Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $74K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for IT Senior Network Administrators that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. IT Senior Network Administrators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Austin (+17 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Denver (+13 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Houston and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (2 percent less and 1 percent less, respectively).

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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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VMware ESX
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Virtualization
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Windows 2003 Server
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Cisco Networking
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 240 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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%
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