$57,505
Avg. Salary
$21.93
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,940

Profit Sharing

$1,945

Commission

$500

The average pay for a Network Administrator is $21.93 per hour.

The average pay for a Network Administrator is $57,505 per year.

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$0$79K
Salary $40,333 - $79,552
Bonus $195 - $6,859
Profit Sharing $151 - $7,422
Commission $0.00 - $4,932
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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$38,376 - $79,680
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,012
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $14.76 - $32.11
Hourly Tips $2.22
Overtime $21.57 - $48.16
Annual Data $0$79K
Bonus $195 - $6,859
Commission $0.00 - $4,932
Profit Sharing $151 - $7,422
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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$38,376 - $79,680
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,501

Job Description for Network Administrator

Network administrators are responsible for the upkeep of computer hardware and software systems. They usually focus on the network components within their company. In some cases it is the responsibility of network administrators to design and implement new networks. Although some of the responsibilities for network administrators may vary depending on the size and locations of the company they work for, there are still some common responsibilities that all administrators will share. They are generally in charge of network address assignments, management and implementation of protocols. They also handle the maintenance of networks and file servers. When working for smaller companies, network administrators are also usually in charge of conducting maintenance on computers, printer, routers, smartphones, etc. Their duties include network monitoring, testing for weaknesses, handling updates, installing and implementing security programs, and evaluating network management software. Network administrators are also responsible for ensuring that the network used by the organization is working effectively and is properly maintained. Administrators who work for smaller companies also have the responsibility of making sure that licenses are paid for and up to date, checking for security breaches, and maintaining proper installations and applications. In order to become a network administrator it is important to have extensive technical knowledge. It is also important to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, mathematics, or another related field. Working as a network administrator can be stimulating and exciting for those with an interest in technology and computer networks. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)


Network Administrator Tasks

  • Perform delivery, physical setup, installation, troubleshooting and repair of all hardware and software.
  • Train users on software applications, systems, AV, and telecom systems.
  • Maintain telecom system, including telecom, handsets, and company PDA's.
  • Maintain IT inventories updating schedules as needed and properly disposing of equipment.

Popular Employer Salaries for Network Administrator


Network Administrators fill the offices of leading firms U.S. Air Force (USAF), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and Compuweigh. General Dynamics Information Technology Inc offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $79K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Caci International Inc at $66K, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) at $60K, and U.S. Army, where Network Administrators annually earn $55K.

With a median salary of only $39K (less than half of the top paying company's rate), U.S. Marine Corps lags significantly in the earnings department. Also approaching the lower end are U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $45K, Compuweigh at $51K, and AT&T Inc. at $53K.

Common Career Paths for Network Administrator


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For Network Administrators, progressing to an Information Technology Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Information Technology Director can earn $103K annually. It is quite typical for Network Administrators to transition into roles as Network Engineers or Information Technology Managers, where reported median earnings are $9K and $21K higher per year.

Network Administrator Job Listings

Popular Skills for Network Administrator


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in VMware ESX, Cisco Networking, Virtualization, and Microsoft Exchange are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Microsoft Active Directory are similarly competent in Microsoft Exchange and Cisco Networking. Those proficient in Network Management / Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in Cisco Networking and Microsoft Exchange.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Administrator

Pay by Experience for a Network Administrator has a positive trend. An entry-level Network Administrator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,863 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Network Administrator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 1,493 salaries. An experienced Network Administrator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 1,364 salaries. A Network Administrator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 332 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,082

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Network Administrators, New York provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Network Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+16 percent), Denver (+12 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Network Administrators in Pittsburgh make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Orlando and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Network Administrator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Network Administrator?

Network Administrator in Visalia:
"People skills."
When I got into IT I was looking forward to not having to improve my people skills. That changed dramatically and I ended up leaving IT for a few years to do sales which helped my people skills drastically.

Network Administrator in Chicago:
"Life Of A Network Admin At A Small Community Bank."
A network administrator starting their career at a small community bank will not realize that working in such an environment is much slower than working in a larger organization that is situated in the downtown or business center area of their respective town. Although work is not as fast-paced it does bring with it the ability to take on many more tasks and projects than your peers at larger organizations because usually these small communities will have a smaller staff on hand meaning you will have more responsibilities and not be placed in a niche area of your expertise. I deal, on a day to day basis, with network administration, help desk duties, database administration, administration of our virtual server infrastructure, bank-related reporting as well as bank-related customer facing application administration. Many times I have to deal with customers over the phone as a sort of Level 2 or 3 tier support person in the event support itself is unable to resolve the issue.

Network Administrator in Wenona:
"Career Path."
Room for advancement.

Network Administrator in San Antonio:
"Know switches."
Learn ios inside and out.

Network Administrator in Bellingham:
"Make Sure You Have An Interest In It."
This may seem obvious, but don't choose Network Administration for the wrong reasons. I chose it because it seemed like a growing field which would provide reliable employment with fairly good pay, but I wasn't especially in love with it. Now, I'm 42 and have lost all passion for the job. This may have more to do with my personality, my environment, my life changes, or a combination of those, but I can't help but think that I wasn't all that passionate about it when I began, so this should be no surprise. Mark me down as one of those people who never actually figured out what they want to be when they grow up. Good luck finding your passion!

Network Administrator in Fort Myers:
"Listen To The Advice Of The Person Who Worked At The Company."
Always think outside the box and keep the big picture in sight. Never jump to conclusions and always evaluate all options before carefully choosing the course of action.

Network Administrator in Utica:
"Always On The Ready."
Pros: I like growing and absorbing more knowledge about the systems that go into operating a business. Making software and hardware drive the bottom line.
Cons: There is down time. Finding a way to manage yourself after you have built something that runs on the 5 - 9's.

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Key Stats for Network Administrator

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1387 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Network Administrator Salaries

▲17%

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$56,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Network Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1387 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 14%