Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salary

Men make up the majority of Systems Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $66K per year. Overall cash earnings of Systems Engineers stretch from $43K near the bottom to $101K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$44,169 - $97,147
(Median)
$44K
$66K
$97K
MEDIAN: $66,289
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$15.60 - $50.67
(Median)
$16
$27
$51
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,169 - $97,147  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,899  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,967  
Commission
$0.00 - $31,785  
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).
)
$43,228 - $101,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,311
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.
)
$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.60 - $50.67  
   
Overtime
$14.64 - $59.09  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,899  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $31,785  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,967  
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).
)
$43,228 - $101,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 471
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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)


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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. Career advancement for the typical Systems Engineer often leads to becoming a Senior Systems Engineer or a Senior Systems Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $21K higher and $32K higher, respectively.

Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

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


Systems Engineers flock to Cisco Systems Inc, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Cerner Corporation, Microsoft Corp, and Lockheed Martin Corp, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Amazon.com Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $105K. Cisco Systems Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Northrop Grumman Information Systems are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Systems Engineers earning around $99K, $84K, or $67K at each firm, respectively.

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. Other low-paying employers include All Covered, Inc. at $64K and Lockheed Martin Corp at $65K, though some Systems Engineers there earn up to $104K.

Popular Skills for Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT)


Systems Engineers seem to exploit 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Cisco Networking also know Linux. Skill sets containing Network Management / Administration also tend to include 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.


Systems Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $69K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Systems Engineers make a median salary of $76K. 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


With a pay rate for Systems Engineers that is 51 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Systems Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 5 percent below the national average.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) Salaries




National Average
$67,000


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

up arrow 8%

up arrow 5%

VMware ESX
up arrow 2%

Virtualization
up arrow 1%

National Average
$67,000

Cisco Networking
up arrow 2%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 2%









Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 698 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%
ADVERTISEMENT