Though nationally Systems Engineers make an average $69K per year, those in this field can find the most generous pay at AT&T Inc., where the average salary is around $130K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Amazon.com Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, and Microsoft Corp, top-paying firms where Systems Engineers rake in a massive $120K, $112K, or $96K, respectively. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,384 - $103,638
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$46K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,351
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$14.99 - $50.55
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,384 - $103,638  
   
Bonus
$500 - $12,212  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $10,101  
Commission
$1,500 - $40,963  
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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$44,737 - $109,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.99 - $50.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02  
Overtime
$23.55 - $62.40  
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
$500 - $12,212  
   
Commission
$1,500 - $40,963  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $10,101  
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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$44,737 - $109,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 376
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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

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

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Systems Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Information Technology Architect. The average Information Technology Architect brings home $110K per year. Systems Engineers most often move into positions as Senior Systems Engineers or Senior Systems Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $20K higher and $31K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Linux, Storage Area Networking, Virtualization, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows 2003 Server. Those educated in Microsoft Active Directory tend to be well versed 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)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $72K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Systems Engineers make a median salary of $82K. Systems Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $91K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,073

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Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Systems Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+27 percent), Washington (+22 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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$69,000


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

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Job Satisfaction

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based on 411 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: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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