Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salary

Men make up the majority of Systems Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $67K annually. In the world of Systems Engineers, performance is a large component of overall compensation. Bonuses and profit sharing that occasionally exceed $10K each, along with a few commissions of nearly $39K, can cause the final number to run anywhere from $43K to $103K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Systems Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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Systems Engineers who go on to become Information Technology Architects may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Information Technology Architects is $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)


Cisco Systems Inc, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Cerner Corporation, Microsoft Corp, and Northrop Grumman Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Systems Engineers. 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. Soaring salaries can also be found at Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where earnings of $108K, $84K, or $84K are standard for Systems Engineers.

Salaries are easily beat at Cerner Corporation, where median pay comes to just $59K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $45K and ending at $67K, range in salary is rather small. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Lockheed Martin Corp ($65K), All Covered, Inc. ($68K), and General Dynamics C4 Systems ($69K).

Popular Skills for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Linux, Virtualization, and VMware ESX are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Microsoft Active Directory are similarly competent in VMware ESX and Cisco Networking. Most people familiar with Network Management / Administration also know Cisco Networking 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.


Systems Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $60K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $69K. On average, Systems Engineers make $77K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $86K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,213

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Systems Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 49 percent. Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Washington (+26 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 5 percent below the national average.

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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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