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Working As An Infrastructure Lead

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

  • Repetitive

  • $121,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Infrastructure Lead 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 Lead

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 Lead Career Paths

Infrastructure Lead
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Operations Director
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Technical Director Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Development Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Solutions Architect Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Solutions Architect Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Architect Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Architect Enterprise Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Architect Network Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Infrastructure Lead
Manager 6.3%
Consultant 5.0%
Top Careers After Infrastructure Lead
Consultant 4.9%
Partner 4.4%
Manager 3.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$121,000
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$80,000
Min 10%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$182,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Netflix
Highest Paying City
Los Gatos, CA
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does an Infrastructure Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Infrastructure Lead in the United States is $121,382 per year or $58 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $80,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $182,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Infrastructure Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Executive, Infrastructure and Utilities Solut Commonwealth Bank of Australia Sep 15, 2010 $270,000
Technical Lead for News Infrastructure Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC Jul 30, 2012 $185,000
Infrastructure Design Lead Apple Inc. Jul 14, 2015 $163,781 -
$168,000
Infrastructure Operations Lead Accenture LLP May 02, 2016 $143,500
Infrastructure Operations Lead Accenture LLP May 02, 2016 $143,500
Lead, Infrastructure Systems Capital IQ, Inc. Mar 30, 2015 $140,000 -
$150,000
Infrastructure Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Dec 01, 2014 $140,000
Infrastructure and Operations Lead Inviso Corporation Jun 14, 2015 $136,500
Infrastructure Operations Lead Accenture LLP Sep 13, 2016 $136,000
Principal Product Infrastructure Lead Computer Sciences Corporation Jan 02, 2016 $135,000
Infrastructure Lead Quality Software Services, Inc. Nov 22, 2016 $128,125
Infrastructure Delivery Lead Accenture LLP Aug 24, 2015 $121,222
Infrastructure Delivery Lead Accenture LLP Aug 24, 2015 $121,222
Infrastructure Delivery Lead Accenture LLP Aug 26, 2015 $118,061
Infrastructure Technical Lead, Environment Management National Marrow Donor Program Feb 16, 2016 $117,277
Infrastructure Lead Microsoft Corporation Dec 20, 2010 $117,000
Infrastructure Technical Lead-Environment Manager National Marrow Donor Program Dec 18, 2014 $115,000
IT Infrastructure Leader Telefonica USA, Inc. Nov 01, 2013 $110,000
IT Infrastructure Lead Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Dec 08, 2016 $96,866 -
$122,000
IT Infrastructure Lead Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Sep 10, 2015 $94,453 -
$115,000
Technology Infrastructure Lead Accenture LLP Aug 29, 2013 $91,728
Technology Infrastructure Lead Accenture LLP Sep 25, 2013 $89,000
Infrastructure Lead Expedia, Inc. Aug 17, 2016 $85,000 -
$90,000
Lead Analyst, Infrastructure Merck & Co., Inc. Feb 17, 2011 $84,406
Lead Analyst, Infrastructure Merck & Co., Inc. Feb 17, 2011 $78,811
Infrastructure Lead Nufarm Americas Inc. Jan 17, 2014 $77,000
Infrastructure Lead Nufarm Americas Inc. Jan 17, 2011 $77,000
Infrastructure Lead Sagitec Solutions, LLC Feb 14, 2016 $75,000

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Top Skills for An Infrastructure Lead

  1. Windows XP
  2. Architecture
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used USMT utility to perform data migration from Windows XP to windows 7 machines.
  • Managed team of 3 Engineers coordinating project assignments, mentoring staff development in architecture understanding, and evaluating weekly status reports.
  • Participated in activities required to collect and capture server database configuration and user security data into a SQL repository.
  • Participated in 8 Disaster Recovery tests, while improving and documenting the recovery procedures.
  • Managed vendor engagement for vmware consultation, design, and implementation.

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Top 10 Best States for Infrastructure Leads

  1. Maryland
  2. District of Columbia
  3. California
  4. Virginia
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Connecticut
  7. New Jersey
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Infrastructure Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

82.8%

Female

12.7%

Unknown

4.5%
Ethnicity

White

52.2%

Asian

16.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Bulgarian

8.3%

Cherokee

8.3%

German

8.3%

Carrier

8.3%

Cheyenne

8.3%

Korean

8.3%
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Infrastructure Lead Education

Schools

Stevens Institute of Technology

10.3%

National University

6.9%

Texas State University

6.9%

University of Houston

6.9%

University of Southern California

6.9%

Clemson University

6.9%

Purdue University

6.9%

Northwestern University

6.9%

University of Florida

3.4%

Morehouse College

3.4%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

3.4%

Thunderbird School of Global Management

3.4%

Georgetown University

3.4%

Stautzenberger College

3.4%

North Carolina State University

3.4%

La Salle University

3.4%

Central State University

3.4%

Florida Southern College

3.4%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.4%

Chapman University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

21.4%

Computer Science

12.7%

Information Technology

8.7%

Management Information Systems

7.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.1%

Computer Systems Security

4.8%

Project Management

4.8%

Computer Applications

4.0%

Computer Networking

4.0%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Management

3.2%

Music

2.4%

Mathematics

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Industrial Engineering

2.4%

Information Sciences

1.6%

Statistics

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Computer Engineering

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.3%

Masters

35.1%

Associate

6.5%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.3%

High School Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.6%
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