Network Administrator Salary Range

In challenging economic times, organizations retain and hire network administrators to maximize production from existing systems. In a robust economy, businesses invest in new computing and telecommunications systems (and the network administrators who support them) to solidify infrastructure and spur a competitive advantage. This consistent demand for network professionals, independent of economic conditions, has led many employment experts to dub network administration a "recession proof career."

Here is a dynamic look at the network administrator salary landscape, featuring trends and data from the latest salary surveys and unbiased sources. Use our job search and education tools to maximize your own network administrator salary, and explore the network administrator career path for a deep dive into this hot field.

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Historical Network Administrator Salaries

Average salary ranges for network administrators, network managers and related professionals from 2013 to 2015:

 Job Title
Network Admin.
Network Engineer
Network Architect
Network Manager
2013 Salary
$62,750 - $93,250
$80,750 - $116,250
$102,250 - $146,500
$88,500 - $122,500
2014 Salary
$66,750 - $99,500
$86,250 - $124,250
$109,250 - $156,500
$94,000 - $130,000
2015 Salary
$71,250 - $105,750
$90,750 - $131,250
$115,000 - $165,250
$98,000 - $137,250
2-Year Change
+ 13.5%
+ 12.7%
+ 12.7%
+ 11.5%

Add these percentages to the networking salary table above for the following skills:

  • Add 9% for Cisco Network Administration Skills
  • Add 9% for Linux / Unix Administration Skills
  • Add 5% for VOIP Administration Skills
  • Add 5% for Windows 7 Skills
pdf icon Source: Robert Half Technology 2013, 2014 and 2015 IT Salary Guides

Network Administrator Salaries by State

U.S. State / Location

Average Annual Wage

Average Hourly Wage

Alabama
$65,040
$31.27
Alaska
$70,710
$34.00
Arizona
$68,360
$32.87
Arkansas
$61,140
$29.39
California
$80,300
$38.60
Colorado
$77,740
$37.37
Connecticut
$75,300
$36.20
Delaware
$68,650
$33.00
District of Columbia
$81,500
$39.18
Florida
$72,050
$34.64
Georgia
$72,630
$34.92
Hawaii
$66,000
$31.73
Idaho
$59,760
$28.73
Illinois
$74,340
$35.74
Indiana
$60,800
$29.23
Iowa
$63,160
$30.37
Kansas
$61,040
$29.35
Kentucky
$53,440
$25.69
Louisiana
$59,850
$28.78
Maine
$58,910
$28.32
Maryland
$80,400
$38.65
Massachusetts
$80,280
$38.60
Michigan
$68,350
$32.86
Minnesota
$69,510
$33.42
Mississippi
$52,330
$25.16
Missouri
$67,720
$32.56
Montana
$52,760
$25.37
Nebraska
$65,600
$31.54
Nevada
$69,830
$33.57
New Hampshire
$67,790
$32.59
New Jersey
$80,270
$38.59
New Mexico
$70,310
$33.80
New York
$79,770
$38.35
North Carolina
$71,250
$34.25
North Dakota
$55,780
$26.82
Ohio
$62,810
$30.20
Oklahoma
$54,290
$26.10
Oregon
$68,420
$32.89
Pennsylvania
$74,720
$35.92
Puerto Rico
$44,200
$21.25
Rhode Island
$74,370
$35.75
South Carolina
$64,530
$31.02
South Dakota
$54,160
$26.04
Tennessee
$62,870
$30.22
Texas
$69,300
$33.32
Utah
$67,380
$32.39
Vermont
$62,670
$30.13
Virginia
$81,180
$39.03
Washington
$70,730
$34.00
West Virginia
$60,070
$28.88
Wisconsin
$61,670
$29.65
Wyoming
$55,570
$26.71
web icon Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook

Network Administrator Salaries by Certification, Specialty & Experience

  • Junior Network Administrator salary: $50,000
  • Network Administrator salary: $65,000
  • Microsoft Network Admin salary: $71,000
  • Network Designer salary: $81,000
  • Cisco Network Administrator salary: $82,000
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) salary: $84,000
  • Firewall Administrator salary: $85,000
  • Network Engineer salary: $86,000
  • Cisco Network Engineer salary: $89,000
  • Network Maintenance Specialist salary: $90,000
  • Network Security Administrator salary: $91,000
  • Senior Network Engineer salary: $95,000
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) salary: $97,000
  • Senior Network Security Engineer salary: $100,000
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) salary: $120,000
  • Network Administration Lead salary: $123,000
web icon Source: Indeed.com

Networking Salaries vs. Other IT Disciplines

  • Help Desk/IT Support: $58,420
  • Network Administration: $74,313
  • System Operations: $76,711
  • Web/Intranet/Extranet: $80,960
  • Systems Analysis: $84,734
  • Network Engineering: $87,093
  • Voice Engineering: $87,522
  • Systems Engineering: $91,026
  • Business Intelligence / Database: $96,499
  • Business App Development: $99,130
  • IT Project Management: $99,489
  • Cyber Security: $101,539
  • Cloud Computing: $101,957
  • Business Technology: $101,964
  • IT Architecture: $108,201
pdf icon Source: 2012 IT Salary Report by Global Knowledge & TechRepublic, Base: 9,500+ IT Pros

Network Administration Training

Regardless of your industry or location, network administration is a high-demand profession offering significant advancement opportunities, solid earning potential and protection against economic conditions. Start on your path to a lucrative network administrator salary today; browse our directory of network administration training programs and connect with an experienced educational consultant to build your ideal network administration learning plan.

Admissions advisors can provide more info about network administration curriculum, admissions & start dates, online learning, careers & salaries, tuition costs, personalized financial aid options & scholarships.

School

Networking Training Program

Course Highlights & Certifications

AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Associate
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Includes Certification Preparation for:
    • CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+
  • Prepares Graduates for Entry-Level Jobs in Network Administration and Technical Support
  • Microsoft Windows Administration featuring Active Directory and Group Policy Training
  • Practice Cisco Routing and Switching via Hands-On Labs and Interactive Simulations
  • Network Security and Cyber Crime Forensics
  • Plan, Design & Support Information Systems
  • Intro to Programming and Web Development

A.A. in Information Technology / Cisco Networking

  • Method: Online or On-Campus
  • Degree Level: Associate
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Includes Certification Prep & Exams for:
    • Cisco CCENT & CCNA Certifications
  • Earn the Skills and Credentials to Become an Entry-Level Cisco Networking Professional
  • Led by Certified Cisco Systems Instructors (CCSI) using Official Books, Labs & Curriculum
  • Local and Wide Area Network Administration
  • Learn Network Security & Penetration Testing
  • Configure & Manage Cisco Routers/Switches
  • Create Virtual Private Network (VPN) Solutions
  • Flexible 6-Week Classes Starting Year Round

B.S.I.T. Network Administration

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Bachelor
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Learn the Technical Competencies & Soft Skills to Secure a Job in Network Administration
  • Advanced Routing & Switching with Router OS Setup and Multi-Router Network Management
  • Modern Network Security Training featuring Threat Assessment and Countermeasures
  • Design and Setup Local & Wide Area Networks
  • Enterprise Mobile Computing and BYOD Setup
  • Network Issue Identification & Troubleshooting
  • In-Demand Soft Skills including Leadership, Communication and IT Project Management
  • Online Courses & Degrees Begin Year Round

M.B.A. Technology Management

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Master
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's
  • Prepare to Lead Enterprises in IT Planning, Development, Implementation & Management
  • Discover and Integrate Information Technologies to Foster a Real Competitive Advantage
  • Manage Corporate Computer Network & Database
  • Managerial Accounting, Finance and Marketing
  • Learn from Thought-Leaders in IT & Business
  • Study the Impact of IT Innovation on Operations
  • Team Leadership and Professional Development
  • Award-Winning Online Education Platform

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