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Working As an Infrastructure 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

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Infrastructure 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 An Infrastructure 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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Infrastructure Administrator Career Paths

Infrastructure Administrator
Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Administrator Office Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Help Desk Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Infrastructure Administrator
Consultant 4.4%
Top Careers After Infrastructure Administrator
Consultant 5.8%
Architect 3.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$95,000
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$75,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$122,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Best Buy
Highest Paying City
Suitland, MD
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does an Infrastructure Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Infrastructure Administrator in the United States is $95,828 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $75,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $122,000.

Real Infrastructure Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Infrastructure Administrator/Developer Bloomberg, LP Princeton, NJ Mar 10, 2016 $149,000
Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Herndon, VA Sep 07, 2015 $127,000
Principal Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Herndon, VA Dec 31, 2014 $126,000
Senior Security Infrastructure Admin Symantec Corporation Herndon, VA Aug 31, 2015 $120,000
Hadoop Infrastructure Administrator AIG Technologies, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Apr 18, 2016 $120,000
Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Nov 23, 2015 $118,430
Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Feb 20, 2015 $118,430
SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Oct 29, 2012 $115,000
SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Nov 16, 2015 $115,000
SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Nov 16, 2015 $113,850
Senior Infrastructure Administrator Stryker Corporation San Jose, CA Nov 11, 2014 $113,048
Web Infrastructure Administrator Astreya Partners, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 05, 2010 $105,000
Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Herndon, VA Oct 01, 2013 $100,700
Security Infrastructure Administrator Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Oct 30, 2015 $100,000
Principal Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Alexandria, VA Dec 30, 2011 $99,258 -
$129,000
Principal Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Herndon, VA Dec 30, 2011 $99,258 -
$129,000
Senior Web Infrastructure Administrator United Guaranty Corporation Greensboro, NC Mar 16, 2016 $99,000
Peoplesoft Infrastructure Administrator USA Waste Management Resources, LLC Houston, TX Sep 29, 2015 $88,670 -
$100,000
Senior Siebel Infrastructure Administrator USA Waste-Management Resources, L.L.C. Houston, TX Jul 08, 2013 $88,670
SR. Security Infrastructure Administrator Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Nov 18, 2015 $87,464
Senior Security Infrastructure Administrator Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Feb 27, 2012 $86,154 -
$106,800
Infrastructure Administrator H&K Dallas, Inc. Mesquite, TX Jun 13, 2012 $85,446
Senior Hyperion Infrastructure Administrator The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Oct 01, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Senior Infrastructure Administrator Vyshnavi Infotech LLC Herndon, VA Aug 30, 2012 $85,000
Senior Hyperion Infrastructure Administrator The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Jul 06, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000

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Top Skills for An Infrastructure Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Active Directory
  3. Web Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led the successful computer systems migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 throughout the entire ERICO environment.
  • Provided quarterly evidence of critical Active Directory groups.
  • Experience with using Integration Kits and Token Translators for integrating identity enabled web services into SSO environment.
  • Configured database backup and recovery plan.
  • Developed and executed conversion of financial system from Semaphore (Visual FoxPro) to BST Enterprise (Microsoft SQL Server).

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Top 10 Best States for Infrastructure Administrators

  1. Maryland
  2. Virginia
  3. California
  4. District of Columbia
  5. South Dakota
  6. New Jersey
  7. Montana
  8. Connecticut
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Rhode Island
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Infrastructure Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

79.0%

Female

10.9%

Unknown

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

53.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Asian

14.0%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

6.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.4%

German

18.2%

Portuguese

9.1%

Estonian

9.1%

Amharic

9.1%

Tigrinya

9.1%

Russian

9.1%
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Infrastructure Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Strayer University

11.7%

Colby College

6.7%

Saint Louis Community College

5.0%

San Jose State University

5.0%

Community College of the Air Force

5.0%

University of Houston

5.0%

Purdue University

5.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.0%

Florida State University

5.0%

University of Memphis

3.3%

Itawamba Community College

3.3%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Roosevelt University

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

Drexel University

3.3%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.3%

Robert Morris University

3.3%

Grantham University

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.0%

Computer Information Systems

15.6%

Information Technology

11.2%

Business

10.8%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Computer Networking

6.8%

Computer Engineering

5.2%

Information Systems

3.6%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Political Science

2.4%

Computer Systems Security

2.4%

Finance

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Project Management

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Data Processing

1.2%

Mathematics

1.2%

Engineering Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.0%

Masters

16.7%

Other

16.4%

Associate

16.1%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

0.6%
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