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Working As A LAN 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

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does A LAN 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 LAN 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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LAN Administrator Career Paths

LAN Administrator
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Desktop Support Technician Service Desk Analyst Service Desk Supervisor
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Supervisor
Systems Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Information Technology/Support Technician Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Analyst 3.5 years
MIS Administrator 3.3 years
LAN Engineer 3.1 years
LAN Administrator 3.0 years
LAN Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before LAN Administrator
Consultant 3.8%
Technician 2.7%
Top Careers After LAN Administrator
Consultant 4.9%

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LAN Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

77.5%

Female

15.6%

Unknown

7.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.5%

Carrier

9.4%

German

8.2%

Cheyenne

5.9%

French

4.7%

Portuguese

4.7%

Russian

3.5%

Japanese

3.5%

Turkish

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Telugu

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Azerbaijani

1.2%

Mandarin

1.2%

Indonesian

1.2%

Serer

1.2%

Tamil

1.2%

Greek

1.2%
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LAN Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.5%

Strayer University

15.2%

University of Maryland - University College

8.2%

Western Governors University

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.7%

Community College of the Air Force

3.7%

Colorado Technical University

3.7%

Bellevue University

3.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.3%

University of Houston

3.0%

Capella University

3.0%

Baruch College of the City University of New York

2.8%

Pace University - New York

2.8%

American InterContinental University

2.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

2.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.6%

Villanova University

2.6%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

2.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.4%

Business

16.4%

Computer Information Systems

11.9%

Information Technology

9.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.9%

Computer Networking

6.0%

Information Systems

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Management

3.1%

Project Management

2.3%

Computer Systems Security

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

2.1%

Finance

2.0%

Communication

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

General Studies

1.4%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.6%

Other

22.4%

Associate

15.9%

Masters

13.7%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

2.3%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$68,000
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$48,000
Min 10%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
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$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Jacobs Engineering Group
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a LAN Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a LAN Administrator in the United States is $68,267 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $95,000.

Real LAN Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
LAN Administrator Dbsoft, Inc. Waukegan, IL May 15, 2011 $102,263
LAN Administrator Dbsoft, Inc. Waukegan, IL May 14, 2011 $102,263
Senior LAN Administrator Netjets Services, Inc. Columbus, OH Dec 30, 2010 $85,000
LAN Administrator Dbsoft, Inc. Deerfield, IL May 15, 2010 $83,200
LAN Administrator, Staff Cashedge Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 29, 2016 $82,576 -
$128,687
LAN Administrator, Staff Cashedge Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 15, 2016 $82,576 -
$125,320
LAN Administrator, Staff Cashedge Inc. VA May 23, 2016 $79,726 -
$120,120
LAN Administrator Computing Concepts, Inc. Florham Park, NJ Nov 16, 2009 $73,045
LAN Administrator II The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Oct 01, 2015 $65,511
LAN Administrator Prabhav Eglobal Services Horsham, PA Mar 19, 2010 $60,000
LAN Administrator II Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Sep 14, 2013 $55,243
LAN Administrator IMS Health Incorporated Plymouth Meeting, PA Jan 14, 2010 $52,020
LAN Administrator LL Johns Hopkins University-Homewood Campus Baltimore, MD Aug 29, 2011 $51,069
LAN Administrator Police Federal Credit Union Upper Marlboro, MD Dec 14, 2009 $50,693
LAN Administrator LL Johns Hopkins University-Homewood Campus Baltimore, MD Sep 15, 2010 $49,500
Microcomputer/Lan Administrator Texas Agrilife Research El Paso, TX Jul 31, 2011 $47,390
Microcomputer/Lan Administrator Texas Agrilife Research El Paso, TX Oct 10, 2010 $47,390

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Top Skills for A LAN Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. Desktop
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  • Performed data migrations from Windows XP computers to Windows 7 computers and imaged new computers with the Windows 7 operating system.
  • Maintain fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures related to computer hardware/software in Microsoft /Novel environment.
  • Supervised Junior Desktop Support Technician and assigned tasks.
  • Installed and deployed computers, monitors, laptops, wireless devices and stand-alone printers; installed and deployed network printers.
  • Implemented various remote access technologies for business remote access to applications.

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