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 network and telecommunications systems (and the network administrators who support them) to solidify infrastructure and spur a competitive advantage. This consistent demand for networking 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 networking salary trends from the leading salary surveys and unbiased data sources. Use our IT salary calculator, job search and education tools to maximize your own network administrator salary. Explore the network administrator career path for a deep dive into this hot field.

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Historical Network Administrator Salaries

Starting salary ranges for network administrators, network managers and related professionals from 2011 to 2013:

 Job Title
Network Admin.
Network Engineer
Network Architect
Network Manager
2011 Salary
$55,750 - $82,750
$71,000 - $101,750
$90,000 - $129,250
$79,250 - $109,500
2012 Salary
$58,750 - $87,250
$75,000 - $107,750
$95,500 - $137,000
$82,750 - $114,500
2013 Salary
$62,750 - $93,250
$80,750 - $116,250
$102,250 - $146,500
$88,500 - $122,500
2-Year Change
+ 12.6%
+ 14.0%
+ 13.5%
+ 11.8%

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

  • Add 9% for Cisco Network Administration Skills
  • Add 8% for Linux / Unix Administration Skills
  • Add 8% for VOIP Administration Skills
  • Add 4% for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista Skills
  • Add 6% for Windows Server 2008 Skills
  • Add 7% for Windows 7 Skills
pdf icon Source: Robert Half Technology 2011 - 2013 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' 2012-2013 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

Network Administrator Salary vs. Popular IT Salaries

  • Network Management & Administration: $75,666
  • Operations and Facilities: $76,512
  • Communications & Telecommunications: $80,326
  • Web Development: $81,405
  • Servers and Storage: $83,284
  • Systems Analysis: $85,234
  • Data Center: $90,261
  • Applications/Programming: $90,643
  • Databases: $92,338
  • Business Processes and Compliance: $97,278
  • Information Security: $98,030
  • Other IT Functions: $83,046
pdf icon Source: 2012 IT Salary Report by Global Knowledge & TechRepublic, Base: 9,500+ IT Pros

Network Administrator 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 information about network administration curriculum, admissions & start dates, online learning, careers & salaries, tuition costs, personalized financial aid options & scholarships.

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Course Highlights & Certifications

A.A.I.T. Cisco Networking

  • Method: Online or On-Campus
  • Degree Level: Associate
  • Accredited Program: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Includes Certification Prep & Exams for:
    • Cisco CCENT Certification
    • Cisco CCNA Certification
  • 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
  • Implement Virtual Private Network Solutions
  • Flexible 5-Week Classes Starting Year Round
  • Study Online or at Over 200 U.S. Campuses
  • Targeted 6-Week Courses Begin Year Round

A.S. Network System Administration

  • Method: Online or On-Campus
  • Degree Level: Associate
  • Accredited Program: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Provides the Skills and Experience to Pursue Entry-Level Network Administration Positions
  • Networking Fundamentals inc. LAN, WAN, OSI, TCP/IP, Internet Protocols & Troubleshooting
  • Cisco Network Administration Training based on Cisco Networking Academy Curriculum
  • Learn how to Design, Configure, Optimize & Maintain Cisco Routers and Switches
  • Windows 7, Unix and Linux OS Administration
  • Install and Configure Voice & VoIP Systems
  • Study Advanced IP Addressing Techniques
  • Network Telephony and Call Center Training
  • Traffic Management with Access Control Lists
  • Network Security and Cyber Crime Forensics
  • Effective Oral & Written Communication Skills

Internetwork Engineering Program

  • Method: Online or On-Campus
  • Degree Level: IT Certifications
  • Accredited Program: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Includes Certification Prep & Exams for:
    • CompTIA A+, Network+ & Security+
    • Cisco CCENT and CCNA Certs
    • MCITP Server Administrator
    • MCITP Enterprise Administrator
    • MCSA Windows Server 2008
  • Skills & Credentials to Pursue Jobs in Network Engineering, Administration and IT Support
  • Deploy, Configure and Troubleshoot Microsoft Windows Servers and Windows Desktop PCs
  • Learn to Design and Manage Routed & Switched Networks using Latest Security Protocols
  • Live Online Instructor-Led Training, or in New Jersey at Edison, Jersey City or Parsippany

B.I.T. Network Administration

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Bachelor
  • Accredited Program: 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 Program: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's
  • Prepare to Lead Organizations in the Planning, Development, Operation & Management of IT
  • Applied Managerial Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing and Decision-Making
  • Taught by Successful Business & IT Managers
  • Use IT to Foster a Real Competitive Advantage
  • Learn to Manage Relational Database Systems
  • Networking & Telecommunication Management
  • IT Innovation's Impact on Strategy & Operations
  • IT Management and Team Leadership Training
  • Colorado Tech Named "Best Online MBA" in Graduate Forum's 2012 Top Ten MBA Awards

Wireless Communications Graduate

  • Method: Online or On-Campus
  • Degree Level: Grad. Certificate
  • Accredited Program: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's
  • Earn a High-End Credential in the Red-Hot Field of Wireless Networking & Telecommunications
  • Build, Analyze and Secure Wireless Networks, Voice and Data Communications Systems
  • Design Wireless Business Strategies & Manage Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Implementations
  • Explore the Future Role of Wireless Devices in Business (PDA, Smartphone, Laptop & Tablet)
  • Wireless Network Engineering & Administration
  • Covers the Most Marketable Skills in Wireless
  • Attend 95+ Campuses, Online or a Mix of Both

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IT Subject Matter ExpertDaniel Greenspan is an IT education specialist, web designer and entrepreneur living in New York City. Working closely with IT professionals, world-class trainers and technology executives since 2005 has given him a unique perspective into the IT job market and the skills and credentials IT professionals need to succeed.

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