Entry-Level Network Technician Salary

The average Entry-Level Network Technician earns approximately $18.03 per hour. Incomes of Entry-Level Network Technicians vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $5K cause paychecks to spread between $29K on the low end and $59K on the high end. The majority of Entry-Level Network Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,531 - $57,543
$30K
$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,447
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50%
90%

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$12.23 - $25.59
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$26
MEDIAN: $18.13
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$0$57K
Salary $29,531 - $57,543
Bonus $0.00 - $5,132
Profit Sharing $98.63 - $5,059
Commission $2,900
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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$28,260 - $57,490
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 590
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.23 - $25.59
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $18.56 - $38.56
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,132
Commission $2,900
Profit Sharing $98.63 - $5,059
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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$28,260 - $57,490
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 667

Job Description for Network Technician

Network technicians work with vendors, programmers, and customers to aid with installation and troubleshooting needs. Some other key tasks that network technicians perform include (but are not limited to): troubleshooting hardware, software and network problems; configuring and installing operating systems; training users; installing and troubleshooting network cable infrastructure; and writing scripts and creating files to enhance operating systems. Network technicians should possess the following abilities: being able to effectively troubleshoot a wide range of problems; multitask; communicate well in person and over the phone with vendors and customers (who will inevitably have varying degrees of knowledge in the network technician's field); the ability to stay organized and prioritize tasks; and the ability to work alone and to work well with others.

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Network Technician Tasks

  • Maintain the LAN which includes daily monitoring for system failures, performing daily data backups and network performance tracking.
  • Diagnose wiring problems and resolve them.
  • Prepare price quotes for customers for standard PC hardware, software and peripheral equipment.
  • Analyze problems and define solutions for existing network issues.
  • Respond to troubleshoot and repair failures preventing customer access to critical applications throughout the organization.

Network Technician Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,343

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

Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Entry-Level Network Technicians in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Network Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), Salt Lake City (+4 percent), and Boston (+3 percent). Entry-Level Network Technicians in Indianapolis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Charlotte and 12 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Network Technician Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Network Technician in Seattle:
"Stay one step ahead."
Keep abreast of changes in technology.

Network Technician in Rockford:
"Things will change."
Take what you know and be ready to re-think it.

Network Technician in Adelanto:
"Learn."
Make sure you go to school and get an education in your field. Never stop learning more about what you do. Listen and ask questions of others with more experience.

Network Technician in Hill AFB:
"Very Demanding Job."
Learn and study as much as you can about the job requirements and description. I was mainly telecommunications at Hill AFB until my deployment which has brought me a lot of networking experience I will forever cherish and if it weren't for stepping up and learning everything I could I would be lost in this career field. The labor isn't physically intensive but it is very mentally intensive and everyday a new problem arises that you must be quick to respond to or an entire network can go down in the blink of an eye which is why its so important to be on top of the networks you oversee and to watch them closely for any issues that may arise.

Key Stats for Network Technician

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
15%

Skills That Affect Network Technician Salaries

Telecommunications
▲9%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▲3%

Wireless Data Communications
▲3%



Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
▼0%

Windows Server 2008 R2
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Network Support
▼1%


Network Management / Administration
▼3%

Windows 2003 Server
▼3%

Linux
▼7%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼8%

Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
▼11%

Computer Hardware Technician
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 25%