Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salary

With a median pay of $130K, AT&T Inc. Systems Engineers make much more than the national average ($70K annually) for those in this field. Other big spenders include Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Cisco Systems Inc, top-paying firms where Systems Engineers see paychecks nearing $122K, $106K, or $105K. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$47,798 - $105,740
$48K
$70K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,459
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$15.08 - $49.31
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MEDIAN: $26.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,798 - $105,740  
   
Bonus
$497.00 - $12,252  
Profit Sharing
$192.19 - $9,744  
Commission
$1,521 - $40,746  
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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$45,414 - $111,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,432
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.08 - $49.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02  
Overtime
$24.96 - $60.56  
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
$497.00 - $12,252  
   
Commission
$1,521 - $40,746  
Profit Sharing
$192.19 - $9,744  
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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$45,414 - $111,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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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. It is quite typical for Systems Engineers to transition into roles as Senior Systems Engineers or Senior Systems Engineers, where reported median earnings are $19K and $30K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Systems Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, Storage Area Networking, Virtualization, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Windows 2003 Server, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those familiar with Network Management / Administration tend to be well versed in Cisco Networking, VMware ESX, and Linux. Most people skilled in Microsoft Active Directory are similarly competent in VMware ESX.

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

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


For many Systems Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $62K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $72K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $84K in this role. Systems Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $94K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,098

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Systems Engineers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+26 percent), Washington (+23 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Phoenix (+17 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Systems Engineers is geography, with workers in Miami earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Houston and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 3 percent lower and 2 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 434 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salaries

▲34%

▲20%

▲3%

National Average
$70,000

▼11%

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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 434 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
26%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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