AT&T Inc. is a desirable employer for Systems Engineers where the median salary comes in around $130K, beating the field's national median of $70K annually. Soaring salaries can also be found at Amazon.com Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, and Microsoft Corp, where earnings of $120K, $105K, or $95K are standard for Systems Engineers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,752 - $104,149
$47K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,038
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$15.06 - $50.35
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,752 - $104,149  
   
Bonus
$494.35 - $12,172  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $9,849  
Commission
$1,510 - $40,851  
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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$44,965 - $110,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,460
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.06 - $50.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02  
Overtime
$25.50 - $60.97  
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
$494.35 - $12,172  
   
Commission
$1,510 - $40,851  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $9,849  
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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$44,965 - $110,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 381

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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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At the upper end, Systems Engineers who move into an Information Technology Architect role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Information Technology Architects is a much higher $110K per year. 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 $20K and $30K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Survey results imply that Systems Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Storage Area Networking, Linux, Virtualization, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Windows 2003 Server, and Windows Operating System General Use. A tool kit that includes Network Management / Administration also typically contains Cisco Networking, VMware ESX, and Linux. The majority of those who know Microsoft Active Directory also know 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 Systems Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $62K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $72K on average. Systems Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $83K. Systems Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,572

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With a pay rate for Systems Engineers that is 35 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+26 percent), Washington (+23 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Phoenix (+16 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average.

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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 424 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
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




National Average
$70,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 424 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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