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Working As A Computer Network Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Network Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Computer Network Administrator

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Computer Network Administrator Career Paths

Computer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Owner Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Owner Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Owner President/Owner Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Network Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Senior System Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Maintenance Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Operations Director Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager Senior Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
General Manager Center Manager Manager, Center Operations
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Regional Service Manager Technical Support Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Client Services Manager Customer Support Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Technician 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Computer Network Administrator
Technician 3.1%
Internship 2.6%
Top Careers After Computer Network Administrator
Consultant 4.3%
Technician 3.5%
Owner 3.0%
Instructor 2.8%

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Computer Network Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

80.6%

Female

10.5%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.2%

Portuguese

5.1%

Chinese

5.1%

Carrier

5.1%

Russian

5.1%

Polish

5.1%

Italian

5.1%

Vietnamese

2.6%

Greek

2.6%

German

2.6%

Hebrew

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

French

2.6%

Catalan

2.6%

Cheyenne

2.6%

Korean

2.6%
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Computer Network Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.1%

Western Governors University

8.3%

Community College of the Air Force

7.4%

Strayer University

6.5%

American InterContinental University

5.6%

The Academy

4.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.6%

Miami Dade College

3.7%

Excelsior College

3.7%

More Tech Institute

3.7%

Louisiana Tech University

3.7%

National University

2.8%

University of California - Irvine

2.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

2.8%

Temple University

2.8%

Boise State University

2.8%

Georgia State University

2.8%

Old Dominion University

2.8%

University of Central Florida

2.8%

A-Technical College

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

21.9%

Computer Information Systems

14.5%

Business

11.1%

Information Technology

10.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.1%

Computer Networking

6.7%

Management

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Computer Programming

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Psychology

1.7%

Computer Technical Support

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Project Management

1.4%

Drafting And Design

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Finance

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.3%

Other

23.9%

Associate

17.1%

Masters

13.3%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

2.2%

License

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Baha Industries
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Computer Network Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Computer Network Administrator in the United States is $74,967 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $98,000.

Real Computer Network Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network & Comp. SYS. Administrators Merrill Lynch Pennington, NJ Jun 25, 2012 $115,000
Computer Network Administrator Yorkshire Wines & Spirits Inc. New York, NY Jun 02, 2015 $109,200
Network & Comp. SYS. Administrators CSC Holdings LLC Bethpage, NY Mar 09, 2011 $102,589
Network & Computer SYS. Admin ] at&T Services, Inc. Bothell, WA Feb 29, 2012 $99,897
Network & Comp. SYS. Admin. Cirtas Systems San Jose, CA Mar 07, 2011 $98,903 -
$128,413
Network & Comp. SYS. Admin. Cirtas Systems San Jose, CA Feb 24, 2011 $98,903 -
$128,413
Network & Comp Syst Admin (Tech Yahoo, Service ENG Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 19, 2012 $98,238 -
$165,000
Network & Computer SYS. Adminstrators) Adept Computer Consultants Inc. Irving, TX May 23, 2012 $90,000
Network and Computer Administrator Bridgevoice Inc. NY Jul 02, 2015 $89,149
Network & Computer SYS Admin) The Active Network San Diego, CA Jun 04, 2012 $88,254
Network and Computer SYS Admin (Tech Yahoo!, Netwo Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 12, 2012 $85,800 -
$146,200
Network & Comp. SYS. Admin. (SR. Storage OPS Speci EMC Corporation Farmington Hills, MI Dec 21, 2013 $81,900 -
$110,700
Network & Computer SYS Admin Tata Consultancy Services Limited New York, NY Sep 01, 2014 $81,000 -
$81,500
Network and Computer SYS Admin (System Administrat Oracle America, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 17, 2012 $70,013
Computer Network Admin/System Support Analyst Greycell Labs Inc. New York, NY Nov 14, 2016 $70,000
Computer Network Admin/System Support Analyst Greycell Labs Inc. New York, NY Dec 12, 2016 $70,000
Network & Comp Syst Administrators .00) at&T, Inc., and All of Its Subsidiaries and Affiliates Bridgeton, MO Jun 29, 2012 $69,000
Network & Comp. SYS. Administrator Suswee Infotech Corp., D/B/A Compu-Info Edison, NJ Jul 05, 2011 $67,850
Network & Computer Administrator Patni Americas Inc. Boston, MA Oct 02, 2011 $67,800
Network & Comp. SYS. Administrator Bhargav Computer Consulting USA-Ma Inc. Norwood, MA Jul 18, 2011 $67,766
Network/Computer SYS Administrators First Baptist Church of Clearwater, Inc. Clearwater, FL Jan 04, 2011 $66,875
Network and Computer Administrator HK, Inc. Trenton, NJ Feb 21, 2011 $59,571
Computer Programmer and Network Administrator Siparadigm LLC Oradell, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $58,614
Network & Computer Administrator Charles A. Garcia, M.D., P.A. Houston, TX Sep 21, 2015 $57,429
Computer Storage Area Network Admin Vyzer Solutions Inc. Richardson, TX Sep 01, 2015 $57,000
Computer Storage Area Network Admin Vyzer Solutions Inc. Richardson, TX May 08, 2014 $56,000
Computer Network and Database Administrator VIP Medical, Inc. Alexandria, VA Sep 23, 2012 $55,994
Computer Network Administrator Sales & Exports Worlwidecorp Houston, TX May 26, 2016 $55,598
Computer Network Admin/Architect Greycell Labs Inc. Albany, NY Oct 01, 2015 $55,000

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Top Skills for A Computer Network Administrator

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Network Printers
  3. Customer Service
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  • Repaired computer hardware and resolved software complications.
  • Configured and installed network printers.
  • Developed and implemented customer service and communications policies as well as authored and revised event management local operating instructions.
  • Migrated and deployed Windows XP operating system to over seventy computers via upgrades and replacing obsolete equipment.
  • Provided immediate technical issue resolution; generated and tracked tickets for advanced technical support when tasks and projects required outside support.

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