Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salary

The national average salary for Systems Engineers is $71K annually; by contrast, AT&T Inc. pays at a significantly higher rate, offering average pay of $130K. Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Cisco Systems Inc are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Systems Engineers earning around $122K, $106K, or $105K at each firm, respectively. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$48,490 - $106,478
$48K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,945
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$15.00 - $49.98
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MEDIAN: $26.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,490 - $106,478  
   
Bonus
$497.66 - $12,245  
Profit Sharing
$196.78 - $9,480  
Commission
$1,919 - $41,562  
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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$45,993 - $111,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,621
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $49.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02  
Overtime
$26.99 - $61.44  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$497.66 - $12,245  
   
Commission
$1,919 - $41,562  
Profit Sharing
$196.78 - $9,480  
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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$45,993 - $111,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 414

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Job Description for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)

Systems engineers (computer networking/IT) are responsible for the development and modification of computer networks. They work in the information technology department of businesses. They design the computer networks that everyone in the office uses, and they fix any errors that may occur in it as well as improve the system, as needed.

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Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Tasks

  • Document help desk troubleshooting procedures, operations manuals, and user guidance.
  • Research, design, implement, and troubleshoot information systems and technology solutions in support of business needs.

Common Career Paths for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


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As Systems Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Information Technology Architect, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Information Technology Architects earn $110K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Systems Engineer often leads to becoming a Senior Systems Engineer or a Senior Systems Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $19K higher and $29K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, Storage Area Networking, Virtualization, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Windows 2003 Server, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those proficient in Microsoft Active Directory are, more often than not, also skilled in VMware ESX. Most people skilled in Network Management / Administration are similarly competent in Cisco Networking, VMware ESX, and Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)

Pay by Experience for a Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 1,383 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 1,067 salaries. An experienced Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 854 salaries. A Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 198 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,645

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Systems Engineers, 33 percent higher than the national average. Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+25 percent), Washington (+22 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Phoenix (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Houston and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 470 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salaries

▲33%

▲19%

▲2%

National Average
$71,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 470 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 12%
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