Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salary

Male Systems Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $67K per year in the United States. Incomes of Systems Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $10K cause paychecks to spread between $43K on the low end and $103K on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,332 - $99,235
(Median)
$44K
$67K
$99K
MEDIAN: $66,813
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$15.82 - $49.89
(Median)
$16
$27
$50
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,332 - $99,235  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,991  
Profit Sharing
$482.61 - $9,916  
Commission
$0.00 - $38,798  
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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$43,495 - $103,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.82 - $49.89  
   
Overtime
$14.39 - $58.91  
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
$0.00 - $9,991  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $38,798  
Profit Sharing
$482.61 - $9,916  
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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$43,495 - $103,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 480
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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.

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


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For Systems Engineers, progressing to an Information Technology Architect role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Information Technology Architect can earn $109K annually. When Systems Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Systems Engineers or Senior Systems Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $21K and $32K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Many Systems Engineers can be found at Cisco Systems Inc, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Cerner Corporation, Microsoft Corp, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Cisco Systems Inc offers the largest salaries in town ($111K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $57K to $173K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, top-paying firms where Systems Engineers rake in a massive $108K, $84K, or $84K, respectively.

Employees at Cerner Corporation take home the smallest paychecks, and $59K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $45K and quickly nearing the top at only $67K. Also approaching the lower end are Lockheed Martin Corp at $65K, All Covered, Inc. at $68K, and General Dynamics C4 Systems at $69K.

Popular Skills for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Systems Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Linux, Virtualization, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Those who learned Network Management / Administration also tend to know Cisco Networking and Linux. Most people experienced in Microsoft Active Directory also know VMware ESX and Cisco Networking.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $60K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $69K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $77K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $86K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,213

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Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Systems Engineers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+27 percent), Washington (+26 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salaries




National Average
$67,000


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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 665 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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