A little under three-quarters of IT Senior Network Administrators in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $55K to $104K per year, and the average comes out to $76K annually. In the world of IT Senior Network Administrators, overall income ranges from $55K near the bottom to $104K at the top; this can include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Senior Network Administrators. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,177 - $99,766
(Median)
$55K
$76K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,524
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$19.77 - $50.68
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$20
$30
$51
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,177 - $99,766  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $12,723  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $9,645  
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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$55,029 - $103,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 497
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.77 - $50.68  
   
Overtime
$26.10 - $65.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$99.33 - $12,723  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $9,645  
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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$55,029 - $103,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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As IT Senior Network Administrators transition into upper-level roles such as Chief Technology Officer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Chief Technology Officers earn $148K on average per year. When IT Senior Network Administrators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Information Technology Managers or Information Technology Directors. Those roles pay an additional $1K and $27K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Network Administrator, IT


IT Senior Network Administrators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cisco Networking, Storage Area Networking, Network Architecture / Design, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HTML, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Windows 2003 Server. Those educated in Cisco Networking tend to be well versed in VMware ESX. Those who learned Network Management / Administration also tend to know Microsoft Exchange and VMware ESX.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $75K. IT Senior Network Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $78K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,312

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For IT Senior Network Administrators, New York provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. IT Senior Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+9 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), Providence (+7 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Compared to the national average, Colorado Springs IT Senior Network Administrators have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Houston (14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries



National Average
$76,000



Skills That Affect Senior Network Administrator, IT Salaries

Cisco Networking
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Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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Network Architecture / Design
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VMware ESX
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National Average
$76,000

IT Security & Infrastructure
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Windows Operating System General Use
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UNIX
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Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Exchange
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Virtualization
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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