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Working As a 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

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Network Administrator Career Paths

Network Administrator
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Administrator Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Analyst Service Desk Analyst Service Desk Supervisor
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Network Engineer Data Center Engineer
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Administrator 3.4 years
Network Technician 3.2 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Network Administrator
Technician 3.0%
Consultant 2.8%
Top Careers After Network Administrator
Consultant 3.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$68,000
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$55,000
Min 10%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Montana
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Network Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network Administrator in the United States is $68,671 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $84,000.

Real Network Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Administrator Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 28, 2018 $85,280 -
$97,309
Network Administrator-II HCL America, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 07, 2018 $85,280
Network Administrator Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 16, 2019 $85,000
Network Administrator-II HCL America, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 06, 2019 $84,219
Network Administrator-II HCL America, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2017 $83,221
Network Administrator Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 27, 2016 $82,000
Network Administrator Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2019 $80,330 -
$115,800
Network Administrator Arthur Grand Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $80,000
Network Administrator Arthur Grand Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2016 $80,000
Network Administration Tachys Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 03, 2018 $75,000
Network Administrator Accentuate Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 12, 2015 $73,258
Network Administrator Balagan Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 14, 2019 $66,800
Network Administrator Balagan Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2014 $58,500 -
$68,500
Network Administrator Secure Networks Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 19, 2010 $51,000
Network Administrator Secure Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 21, 2010 $51,000
Network Administrator Secure Networks Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2011 $50,000
Network Administrator Secure Networks Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 13, 2011 $48,000

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Top Skills for A Network Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Hardware Issues
  3. Active Directory
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Wired/networked small business Windows XP network; configured desktops and laptops including hardware and software installation and network protocols.
  • Provide computer support for internal customers regarding various hardware issues and software application.
  • Network Administration, Implemented and administered users, computers and objects in an Active Directory environment.
  • Monitored server backups, Authored Standard Operating Procedure documentation, Maintained network computers, servers and printers.
  • Determine need, analyze products and recommend purchase of LAN hardware and software to efficiently and effectively increase productivity and reliability.

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Top 10 Best States for Network Administrators

  1. Maryland
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  3. Washington
  4. Montana
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Rhode Island
  7. North Carolina
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Network Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

81.4%

Female

11.7%

Unknown

6.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.9%

French

10.6%

Arabic

5.0%

Carrier

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Mandarin

4.1%

Portuguese

3.8%

German

3.8%

Cheyenne

3.7%

Russian

3.4%

Japanese

3.0%

Italian

2.6%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Korean

1.5%

Hindi

1.4%

Urdu

1.1%

Cantonese

1.0%

Polish

0.8%

Swedish

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%
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Network Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.1%

Strayer University

8.2%

University of Maryland - University College

7.7%

Western Governors University

7.3%

Community College of the Air Force

6.4%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Capella University

3.1%

George Mason University

3.1%

The Academy

3.0%

More Tech Institute

2.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

2.6%

American University

2.5%

Northeastern University

2.4%

DePaul University

2.3%

National University

2.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.0%

Computer Information Systems

13.4%

Information Technology

13.0%

Business

12.5%

Computer Networking

8.7%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Information Systems

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.4%

Management

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Computer Technical Support

1.6%

Project Management

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Education

1.3%

Accounting

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.2%

Finance

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Other

20.4%

Associate

17.6%

Masters

14.2%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.1%
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