Network Administrator Salary

Men make up the majority of Network Administrators in the United States, bringing in about $58K annually. Final cash compensation to Network Administrators varies from around $38K to approximately $79K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $8K, respectively. 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. Work is enjoyable for Network Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,498 - $79,690
$40K
$58K
$80K
MEDIAN: $57,941
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50%
90%

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$14.78 - $32.48
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$22
$32
MEDIAN: $22.12
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$0$79K
Salary $40,498 - $79,690
Bonus $102.56 - $6,711
Profit Sharing $48.72 - $7,813
Commission $290.00
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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$38,661 - $79,877
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,130
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $14.78 - $32.48
Hourly Tips $2.22
Overtime $21.43 - $47.94
Annual Data $0$79K
Bonus $102.56 - $6,711
Commission $290.00
Profit Sharing $48.72 - $7,813
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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$38,661 - $79,877
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 760

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 2017 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.

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 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.

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: $56,531

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 Reviews

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

Network Administrator in Saranac Lake:
"Great Entry Position/Poor Long Term Position."
Pros: I am able to work in the field that I went to school for immediately out of college. The area also provides me with the resources and trust needed to complete my tasks.
Cons: Internal politics caters to reactive (short term) solutions as opposed to proactive (long term) solutions.

Network Administrator in San Antonio:
"Easy and not rewarding."
Pros: It is easy, and very laid back.
Cons: Not very rewarding most of the time.

Network Administrator in Austin:
"A review."
Pros: Great atmosphere. Great co-workers. Flexible schedule allowing me to experience life outside work.
Cons: Dependency. Being the only IT person for an entire store means I wear all the hats and nobody else is trained as a replacement. 9am-11pm on call. 2 weeks vacation doesn't mean much if it keeps getting interrupted.

Network Administrator in New York:
"So boring."
Pros: You do not have to do many things, just sit and do whatever you want.
Cons: 1000$ in month ? Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Network Administrator in Chantilly:
Pros: The work and what you can learn at the job.
Cons: You are treated like a body, as if you are replaceable.

Network Administrator in Anaheim:
"I love my Job, just need to be paid for my skills."
Pros: I genuinely love every part of my Job functions.
Cons: I've been underpaid, I took the job because I don't mind proving myself however I'm still under entry level pay!

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Key Stats for Network Administrator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 782 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Network Administrator Salaries

▲16%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$57,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Network Administrator Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 782 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 14%