An Entry-Level Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) earns an average salary of $79,161 per year.

$47,927 - $108,172
$48K
$79K
$110K
MEDIAN: $79,161
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$13.12 - $59.40
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MEDIAN: $29.88
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,927 - $108,172  
   
Bonus
$0.28 - $10,413  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$45,298 - $113,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.12 - $59.40  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.28 - $10,413  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$45,298 - $113,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) in Canton:
"It's all about the money."
Extreme performance merits fair compensation, so when employer underpays you and treats you only as a cost center then employer does not value you. You should *NEVER* be where you don't belong, and you don't belong where you aren't valued. You have value - work for someone who recognizes this.

Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) in Los Angeles:
"Don't Stop Learning."
If at any point you're tired of learning new stuff, it's time to get out of the game. You need to be learning new programming languages, new technologies and new systems forever in this field. Part of your job, maybe as much as half of it should just be keeping on top of whatever is new in the field.

Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) in San Diego:
"Communicate status to customers to reduce stress."
Some Systems Engineers like to work alone, and get things accomplished without interruptions, but customers always appreciate status updates.

Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) in New York:
"Keep Learning - Gain as Much Experience As Possible."
Learn as many IT disciplines as possible. Do not get too comfortable in one position, for one company, if it means that doing so will stunt your growth as an IT specialist. Never be afraid to challenge yourself. If it means succeeding in the future, make a lateral move into a new position (you do not always have to go up the corporate ladder. Going to the side and then up later is more than possible). Get your certifications, if you do not have them now. Keep the certifications you have now current. IT is always changing, so stay on top of those changes.

Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) in San Francisco:
"Diversity seems to be the key to success."
While being an expert on one subject might be your passion, I have found that having a solid understanding to a myriad of interdependent skills will be most beneficial for employment that is financially rewarding.

Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) in Mountain View:
"The Market Is Unstable In DOD Contracting."
If you like stability then this is not the market for you. Your salary may drop considerably from one contract cycle to the next as your employer scrambles to secure a renewal. Your going to work with systems that don't just effect live they can easily cost them. It is rewarding to design systems on this scale and to care for and expand them, however you will spend a fair share of unsettled nights reviewing your own work. Security skills are a golden ticket in this field, be careful how much of that skill set you display as they are paranoid of hacker types no matter the color of your hat.

Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) in San Francisco:
"Continue To Learn And Grow With Technology."
Working IT means dealing with change. You must always continue to reeducate yourself. Don't get comfortable and remain hungry.

Key Stats for Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
056
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
57%
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Skills That Affect Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salaries

Linux
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Virtualization
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Cisco Networking
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VMware ESX
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National Average
$80,000

Microsoft SQL Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Active Directory
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Exchange
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Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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