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Working As An Infrastructure Engineer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $88,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Infrastructure Engineer 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 Engineer

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 Engineer Career Paths

Infrastructure Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Administrator Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Storage Administrator Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect Network Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Team Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Weblogic Administrator Systems Engineer Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Security Architect Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Server Engineer 2.6 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Infrastructure Engineer
Engineer 3.5%
Consultant 3.5%
Top Careers After Infrastructure Engineer
Consultant 5.9%
Engineer 5.7%

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Infrastructure Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.6%

Female

9.2%

Unknown

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

56.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Asian

13.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.8%

Portuguese

6.8%

Chinese

6.8%

Japanese

6.8%

Cheyenne

6.8%

Korean

4.5%

French

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Swahili

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Hawaiian

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.3%

German

2.3%

Gujarati

2.3%

Mandarin

2.3%

Thai

2.3%

Lingala

2.3%

Tamil

2.3%

Sinhala

2.3%

Hindi

2.3%
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Infrastructure Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.2%

Strayer University

11.0%

George Mason University

4.9%

Northeastern University

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

San Diego State University

4.3%

San Jose State University

4.3%

Western Governors University

4.3%

Boston University

4.3%

New York University

3.7%

The Chubb Institute-Westbury

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

Community College of the Air Force

3.7%

DePaul University

3.7%

Capella University

3.7%

Ferris State University

3.1%

George Washington University

3.1%

Temple University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.8%

Business

12.0%

Computer Information Systems

11.2%

Information Technology

10.4%

Electrical Engineering

9.2%

Computer Networking

5.3%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Information Systems

3.5%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Management

2.2%

Civil Engineering

2.1%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%

Engineering

1.6%

Project Management

1.5%

Communication

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.8%

Masters

22.0%

Other

17.1%

Associate

10.5%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

1.0%
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Average Yearly Salary
$88,000
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$67,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
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$88,000
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Median 50%
$115,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does an Infrastructure Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Infrastructure Engineer in the United States is $88,398 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $115,000.

Real Infrastructure Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Infrastructure Engineer Coatue Management LLC New York, NY Oct 24, 2016 $200,000
API & Infrastructure Engineer Earnest Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 12, 2015 $195,000
Data Infrastructure Engineer Opower, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 10, 2016 $182,263
Analytics Infrastructure Engineer Github, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 25, 2016 $180,000
Maps Data Infrastructure Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 03, 2015 $165,000 -
$183,500
Infrastructure Engineer Asana, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2015 $165,000
Big Data Infrastructure Engineer Bitcasa, Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 03, 2015 $160,000
Data Infrastructure Engineer Reddit, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 16, 2016 $155,000
Data Infrastructure Engineer Flurish Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $150,000
Infrastructure Engineer Segment.IO, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 15, 2016 $150,000
Data Infrastructure Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 01, 2016 $150,000
Infrastructure Engineer Github Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 01, 2015 $150,000
Data Infrastructure Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 02, 2016 $150,000
Hadoop Infrastructure Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Feb 23, 2015 $150,000
Principal Infrastructure Engineer H-3 Technologies, LLC Cary, NC Sep 20, 2016 $110,611
Software and Infrastructure Engineer Slice Technologies, Inc. San Mateo, CA Jan 10, 2016 $110,310
Global Wintel and Infrastructure Engineer AIG Technologies, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Sep 20, 2016 $110,000
Infrastructure Engineer III, Database Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Nov 18, 2016 $110,000
Software Infrastructure Engineer Applied Predictive Technologies Arlington, VA Aug 27, 2015 $110,000
Infrastructure Engineer(Sap) Microexcel, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Apr 22, 2015 $110,000
Software Infrastructure Engineer Applied Predictive Technologies Arlington, VA Aug 27, 2016 $110,000
IT Insfrastructure Engineer III-Unixlin Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Jun 25, 2016 $94,705
Data Infrastructure Engineer Jump Operations, LLC Chicago, IL Sep 24, 2015 $94,557 -
$130,000
Infrastructure Engineer II Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Jun 27, 2015 $94,000
Infrastructure Engineer Manager Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Greenwood Village, CO Jul 01, 2016 $93,974
Infrastructure Engineer Manager Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Greenwood Village, CO Jun 17, 2015 $93,974
Infrastructure Engineer III Insurance Services Office, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 29, 2015 $93,900 -
$125,100
IT Infrastructure Engineer Cardinal Health Houston, TX Nov 20, 2015 $93,627

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Top Skills for An Infrastructure Engineer

  1. Windows XP
  2. Active Directory
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created USMT (User State Migration Tool) scripts to migrate data from Windows XP to Window 7.
  • Designed and implemented an automated, repeatable solution to eliminate stale objects from the Active Directory database.
  • Designed infrastructure for, managed and implemented Web Applications, maximizing manageability and security.
  • Create and Configure Virtual Machines, cloning and created Master Templates to create new virtual Machines.
  • Configured Jenkins daily periodic backups for Jenkins Configuration and plugins files.

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