Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salary

A sizeable majority of Systems Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $66K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $43K and hits $101K on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$44,147 - $97,154

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$15.56 - $50.58

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,147 - $97,154  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,864  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $9,821  
Commission
$0.00 - $32,000  
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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$43,229 - $101,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,283
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.56 - $50.58  
   
Overtime
$14.09 - $58.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,864  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $32,000  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $9,821  
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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$43,229 - $101,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 464
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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)


Systems Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Cisco Systems Inc, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Cerner Corporation, Microsoft Corp, and Lockheed Martin Corp. Amazon.com Inc offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $105K. Cisco Systems Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Northrop Grumman Information Systems also offer top salaries for Systems Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $102K, $84K, and $67K, respectively.

Cerner Corporation lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 77 percent less than the top paying company ($59K). Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include All Covered, Inc. at $64K, and Lockheed Martin Corp where $65K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Systems Engineers there earn up to $104K.

Popular Skills for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Linux, VMware ESX, and Virtualization are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Cisco Networking are similarly competent in Linux. Most people familiar with Network Management / Administration also know Microsoft Active Directory 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. 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. Systems Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $76K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Systems Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $86K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Systems Engineers, 52 percent above the national average. Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+24 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 4 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salaries




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$67,000


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

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VMware ESX
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Virtualization
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 676 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 10%
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