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Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Systems Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $66K annually nationwide. Total cash compensation for Systems Engineers runs from around $43K to approximately $101K, including potential for up to $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with a few receiving commissions as high as $32K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. 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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$44,155 - $97,084
(Median)
$44K
$66K
$97K
MEDIAN: $66,235
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$15.51 - $50.35
(Median)
$16
$27
$50
MEDIAN: $26.00
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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
$44,155 - $97,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,928  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $10,017  
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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$43,028 - $101,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $50.35  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $58.43  
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 - $9,928  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $32,000  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $10,017  
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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$43,028 - $101,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 478
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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. Systems Engineers typically move into roles as Senior Systems Engineers or Senior Systems Engineers, and those positions pay $21K more and $32K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Many Systems Engineers can be found at Cisco Systems Inc, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Cerner Corporation, Microsoft Corp, and Lockheed Martin Corp, firms that are at the top of the field. Amazon.com Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $100K on average.

Cerner Corporation offers the least pay with a median salary of $59K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $67K.

Popular Skills for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Systems Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Linux, VMware ESX, and Virtualization are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Cisco Networking also know Linux.

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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $60K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $68K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $75K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Systems Engineer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $86K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Systems Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 52 percent above 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 New York (+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 736 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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