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. Incomes of Systems Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $10K cause paychecks to spread between $43K on the low end and $101K on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Systems Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,144 - $97,262
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$44K
$66K
$97K
MEDIAN: $66,246
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$15.62 - $50.92
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$27
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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
$44,144 - $97,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,877  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,967  
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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$43,223 - $101,434  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.62 - $50.92  
   
Overtime
$14.50 - $59.21  
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 - $9,877  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $32,000  
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).
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$43,223 - $101,434  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 463
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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. 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)


Cisco Systems Inc, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Cerner Corporation, Microsoft Corp, and Lockheed Martin Corp are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Systems Engineers. Systems Engineers flock to Amazon.com Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $105K lead the pack in compensation. 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 $100K, $84K, and $67K, respectively.

Cerner Corporation offers the least pay with a median salary of $59K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $67K. 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 results imply that Systems Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Linux, VMware ESX, and Virtualization are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Cisco Networking also know Linux. It is often found that people who know Network Management / Administration are also skilled in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $59K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $69K. For Systems Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average 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


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 (+23 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and New York (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 4 percent below the national average.

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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 689 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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