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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 $66K annually in the United States. Final incomes of Systems Engineers generally vary between $43K and $101K; more lucrative packages include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions — occasionally as high as $10K each for the first two and $32K for the last. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. The majority of Systems Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,136 - $96,983
(Median)
$44K
$66K
$97K
MEDIAN: $66,171
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$15.77 - $50.10
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$16
$27
$50
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,136 - $96,983  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,955  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $10,081  
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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$43,081 - $101,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,389
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.77 - $50.10  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $58.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,955  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $32,000  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $10,081  
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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$43,081 - $101,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476

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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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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 $109K on average per year. Typical career progression for a Systems Engineer involves becoming a Senior Systems Engineer or a Senior Systems Engineer, roles that pay $21K more and $32K more on average.

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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 Lockheed Martin Corp are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Systems Engineers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Amazon.com Inc offers the most; Systems Engineers earn $100K on average there.

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.

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 UNIX, Linux, VMware ESX, and Virtualization are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Cisco Networking are also skilled in Linux.

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, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $68K. 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 is home to an above-average pay rate for Systems Engineers, 52 percent higher than the national average. Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+25 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago.

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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

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VMware ESX
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Virtualization
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$67,000

Cisco Networking
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Windows 2003 Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 748 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: 65% employee benefits None: 10%
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