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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. Total cash payments to Systems Engineers include potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission. In exceptional cases, the first two can peak near $10K each, and the last component can even exceed $32K (albeit rarely); this causes total cash payments to vary between $43K and $101K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Systems Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,178 - $97,098
(Median)
$44K
$66K
$97K
MEDIAN: $66,107
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$15.60 - $49.74
(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
$44,178 - $97,098  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,959  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $9,947  
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).
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$43,183 - $101,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,446
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
$15.60 - $49.74  
   
Overtime
$15.70 - $58.68  
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 - $9,959  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $31,785  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $9,947  
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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$43,183 - $101,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 479

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Information Technology Architect. The average Information Technology Architect brings home $108K 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)


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. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Amazon.com Inc offers the most; Systems Engineers earn $100K on average there.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Cerner Corporation, where the median salary is just $59K — 69 percent less than the top paying company.

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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Exchange. The majority of those who know 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.


For Systems Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $75K. 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 $85K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Systems Engineers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Systems Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+26 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and New York (+16 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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Linux
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VMware ESX
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Virtualization
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National Average
$67,000

Cisco Networking
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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SQL
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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 774 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: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%