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 shore up infrastructure and spark a competitive advantage. This consistent demand for networking specialists, independent of economic conditions, has made network administration more "recession proof" than other IT careers. However, recent technological advancements in cloud computing, virtualization and mobility have decreased companies' reliance on traditional network systems and personnel, so make sure you're skilled and certified in these emerging domains to boost your network administration salary and job outlook in today's workforce.

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 lucrative field.

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Historic Network Administrator Salaries

Average salary ranges for network administrators and related professionals for the past 3 years:

Job Title 2020 Salary 2021 Salary 2022 Salary 2-Year Change
Network Administrator $76,250 - $110,250 $78,500 - $113,500 $79,750 - $115,750 + 4.8%
Network / Cloud Engineer $94,750 - $134,500 $97,500 - $138,500 $101,000 - $140,750 + 5.5%
Network / Cloud Architect $117,500 - $169,500 $12,1000 - $174,500 $125,250 - $180,500 + 6.5%
Network / Cloud Manager $97,500 - $141,750 $100,500 - $146,000 $104,250 - $151,000 + 6.7%
Wireless Network Engineer $105,000 - $148,750 $108,250 - $153,250 $111,500 - $158,250 + 6.3%

Historic salary table note: Salary ranges represent the national average. The lower figure in each range represents the 25th percentile of salary survey respondents (typically those with less experience or working in a less competitive job market) while the higher figure represents the 75th percentile (those with more experience, relevant networking skills and certifications).

pdf icon Sources: Robert Half Technology 2020, 2021 and 2022 IT Salary Guides

Skills To Boost Your Network Admin Salary

Master these sought-after skills and platforms to command higher pay as a network administrator:

  • Cisco certifications and network management skills
  • Microsoft Windows 10/11 administration
  • Linux and Unix systems administration
  • Desktop & server virtualization
  • Wireless network engineering
  • Cloud engineering skills
  • Hot and emerging technologies inc. artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G networking

Network Administrator Salaries by State

U.S. State / Location Average Annual Wage Average Hourly Wage
Alabama
$79,260 $38.11
Alaska
$87,240 $41.94
Arizona
$87,900 $42.26
Arkansas
$72,510 $34.86
California
$105,770 $50.85
Colorado
$93,550 $44.98
Connecticut
$98,740 $47.47
Delaware
$83,520 $40.16
District of Columbia
$104,490 $50.24
Florida
$81,840 $39.34
Georgia
$90,450 $43.49
Hawaii
$89,640 $43.09
Idaho
$76,600 $36.83
Illinois
$91,930 $44.20
Indiana
$80,350 $38.63
Iowa
$84,060 $40.41
Kansas
$80,920 $38.91
Kentucky
$72,380 $34.80
Louisiana
$74,400 $35.77
Maine
$79,160 $38.06
Maryland
$106,480 $51.19
Massachusetts
$102,990 $49.51
Michigan
$82,180 $39.51
Minnesota
$90,340 $43.43
Mississippi
$71,730 $34.48
Missouri
$85,760 $41.23
Montana
$81,370 $39.12
Nebraska
$85,280 $41.00
Nevada
$91,380 $43.93
New Hampshire
$91,710 $44.09
New Jersey
$108,860 $52.34
New Mexico
$82,650 $39.74
New York
$102,480 $49.27
North Carolina
$87,000 $41.83
North Dakota
$82,720 $39.77
Ohio
$86,910 $41.78
Oklahoma
$77,810 $37.41
Oregon
$93,180 $44.8
Pennsylvania
$74,570 $35.85
Puerto Rico
$47,770 $22.97
Rhode Island
$93,220 $44.82
South Carolina
$83,810 $40.29
South Dakota
$68,900 $33.13
Tennessee
$79,370 $38.16
Texas
$89,630 $43.09
Utah
$89,720 $43.13
Vermont
$77,120 $37.08
Virginia
$98,810 $47.50
Washington
$96,490 $46.39
West Virginia
$71,530 $34.39
Wisconsin
$80,280 $38.60
Wyoming
$73,790 $35.47
web icon Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Network Administrator Salaries by Specialty

Compare network admin earnings by IT certifications held, job role specialization and experience level:

  • Junior Network Administrator: $74,000
  • Network Administrator: $82,000
  • Cisco Network Administrator: $84,000
  • Network Security Administrator: $96,000
  • Network Designer: $97,000
  • Cisco Network Engineer: $98,000
  • Network Engineer: $99,000
  • Network Administration Lead: $103,000
  • Senior Network Administrator: $113,000
  • Network Security Engineer: $118,000
  • Network Manager: $130,000
  • Network Architect: $136,000
web icon Source: Glassdoor.com

Networking Salaries vs. Other IT Disciplines

Compare the average salary for network administrators and related professionals to popular technology roles:

  • Network Architect: $147,901
  • Cloud Engineer: $140,571
  • Cyber Security Engineer: $135,059
  • Software Developer: $120,204
  • DevOps Engineer: $119,201
  • IT Project Manager: $118,517
  • Systems Engineer: $112,407
  • Database Administrator: $111,362
  • Cyber Security Analyst: $102,253
  • User Interface Designer: $101,260
  • Network Administrator: $93,373
  • Application Support Engineer: $91,176
  • Systems Administrator: $88,642
  • Technical Support Engineer: $77,169
  • Help Desk Technician: $52,259
pdf icon Source: 2022 Technology Salary Report by Dice.com

Network Administration Training

Regardless of your industry or location, network administration is a high-demand field offering significant advancement, solid earning potential and decent protection against economic downturn. Start on your path to a lucrative network administrator salary today - browse our directory of network administration training programs and connect with an admissions advisor to build your ideal learning plan.

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Associate of Arts in IT: Network Administration

  • Includes Certification Preparation for:
    • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Prepare for Entry-Level Roles in Network Administration and Technical Support
  • Manage Microsoft PCs and Servers in Cloud (Azure) and Virtual (Hyper-V) Environments
  • Cisco Network Design and Administration
  • Network Security and Digital Forensics
  • Intro to Web Development & Programming
 

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

  • Includes Certification Preparation for:
    • CompTIA A+, Network+ & Security+
    • TestOut Network Pro, Security Pro & Pro PC
  • Gain the Skills and Credentials to Pursue Jobs in Cyber Security and Network Management
  • Information Security Tools and Techniques
  • Design, Build & Manage Secure IT Networks
  • Cyber Security Policy and Risk Management
  • IT Service and Process Management
 

Bachelor of Science in Network Technology: Cisco

  • Includes Certification Preparation for:
    • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching
    • CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Project+ & Linux+
  • Design & Manage Cisco Wired / Wireless Networks
  • Network Security Threats & Countermeasures
  • Install and Support Telecommunications Systems
  • IT Project and Process Management Training
  • Explore Hot IT Topics inc. RFID Architectures, Enterprise Mobility & Cloud Computing
 

Master's in Technology Management

  • Prepare for Leadership Roles in Business and Information Technology
  • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
  • Cyber Security Threats & Countermeasures
  • Cloud Computing and Virtual Data Centers
  • Globalization and the Modern IT Workforce
  • Computer Systems Analysis Tools & Techniques
  • Wield Emerging Technologies and IT Personnel to Achieve Business Goals
  • No GRE or GMAT Required for Admission
 
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