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Working As A Network 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

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network 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 A Network 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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Network Engineer Career Paths

Network Engineer
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network 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
Engineer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Consultant Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Infrastructure Analyst Service Desk Analyst
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Information Technology Administrator Service Desk Analyst
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Engineer 3.0 years
Network Associate 2.4 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Network Engineer
Engineer 2.8%
Consultant 2.7%
Technician 2.4%
Top Careers After Network Engineer
Consultant 3.5%
Engineer 3.5%

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Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.2%

Female

12.0%

Unknown

6.8%
Ethnicity

White

54.2%

Asian

14.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Unknown

6.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.1%

Carrier

26.7%

French

8.1%

Arabic

5.4%

Portuguese

3.9%

Chinese

3.7%

Japanese

3.5%

German

3.2%

Mandarin

3.0%

Russian

2.4%

Cheyenne

2.4%

Hindi

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Cantonese

1.3%

Urdu

1.2%

Swedish

1.0%

Sami

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.3%

Romanian

0.3%
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Network Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.4%

Strayer University

11.1%

University of Maryland - University College

9.1%

George Mason University

6.4%

Western Governors University

5.9%

Community College of the Air Force

5.0%

More Tech Institute

4.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.1%

Capella University

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.2%

Colorado Technical University

3.1%

Northeastern University

3.0%

The Academy

3.0%

San Jose State University

2.7%

DePaul University

2.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.6%

Wichita State University

2.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.6%

Pennsylvania State University

2.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

15.3%

Electrical Engineering

15.1%

Information Technology

10.6%

Computer Information Systems

10.3%

Business

10.3%

Computer Networking

9.6%

Computer Engineering

4.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Information Systems

3.3%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Engineering

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

Management

2.0%

Communication

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Computer Technical Support

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Finance

1.1%

Education

1.0%

Telecommunications Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.8%

Masters

20.6%

Other

17.6%

Associate

12.6%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$61,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Network Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network Engineer in the United States is $81,075 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $107,000.

Real Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Engineer Facebook, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 22, 2016 $145,000
Network Engineer Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 02, 2018 $140,000
Staff Network Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 29, 2017 $123,462 -
$128,000
Staff Network Engineer Visa U.S.A. Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 28, 2017 $123,462 -
$128,000
Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 26, 2016 $120,000
Staff Network Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA May 22, 2018 $117,104 -
$125,000
Staff Network Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 04, 2018 $108,909 -
$122,834
Staff Network Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 07, 2018 $102,726 -
$122,834
Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 06, 2019 $102,000
Network Engineer Greenwave Reality Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 21, 2017 $102,000
Network Engineer Comtek Global Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 20, 2019 $101,616
Staff Network Engineer Visa Technology and Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 04, 2019 $101,275 -
$144,800
Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 26, 2019 $101,275
Network Engineer Greenwave Reality Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 19, 2015 $100,000
Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Network Engineer SRA OSS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 29, 2015 $95,472
Network Engineer Eminence It Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 08, 2018 $95,410
Network Engineer Facebook, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 13, 2019 $92,498
Network Engineer II Rackspace Us, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 17, 2015 $89,898
Network Engineer Populus Group LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2018 $87,654
Network Engineer Electronic Transactions Systems Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2018 $85,500
Network Engineer First Consulting Group, LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2017 $85,280
Network Engineer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 22, 2018 $85,280
Network Engineer Servesys Corporation Ashburn, VA Aug 10, 2018 $85,280
Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2019 $85,000
Network Engineer Inteli Platforms Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 20, 2019 $84,503
Network Engineer Elavon, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 22, 2019 $84,219 -
$85,500
Network Engineer U.S. Bank National Association Ashburn, VA Sep 04, 2019 $84,219 -
$85,500
Network Engineer Amiti Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2019 $84,219
Network Engineer I Rackspace Us, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 03, 2013 $83,000
Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 26, 2016 $82,000
Network Engineer Electronic Transactions Systems Corporation Ashburn, VA Mar 05, 2018 $80,000
Network Engineer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 04, 2016 $79,726
Network Engineer Emage Software Services LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $78,603
Network Engineer Kforce Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2017 $77,219 -
$104,350
Network Engineer Kforce Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2017 $76,113 -
$104,350
Network Engineer Subex Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 05, 2012 $74,000
Network Engineer Web Triangle LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2012 $73,840
Network Engineer Web Triangle LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2012 $73,840
Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 26, 2015 $72,000
Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2019 $72,000
Network Engineer Trans World IX, LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2011 $72,000
Network Engineer Trans World IX, LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 21, 2011 $72,000
Network Engineer Comet Networks Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 21, 2014 $70,540
Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $70,000
Network Engineer Xenoninfotek, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2017 $68,000
Network Engineer Xenoninfotek, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 25, 2018 $67,891
Network Engineer Eateam, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 27, 2017 $67,500
Network Engineer Expedent Corp. Ashburn, VA Aug 16, 2016 $65,000
Network Engineer Nixsol, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 04, 2016 $64,000
Network Engineer Emage Software Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2016 $64,000
Network Engineer IKON Systems LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2015 $62,000
Network Engineer North Dome Solutions Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2015 $61,714
Network Engineer E-Train Erp Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2013 $60,000
Network Engineer ECOM Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 12, 2011 $60,000
Network Engineer Infinetive Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2011 $58,000
Network Engineer Secure Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2011 $56,000
Network Engineer ECOM Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 12, 2011 $55,824

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Top Skills for A Network Engineer

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  2. Routers
  3. Network Printers
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  • Established and implemented a migration plan for transitioning three thousand MS Mail accounts with mail to Windows NT and Exchange 5.0.
  • Configured Cisco 7204 routers which were also connected to Cisco ASA security appliances providing perimeter based firewall security.
  • Involved in Design and implementation of network infrastructure and configuration of the network Infrastructure devices including Network Printers and Register.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining firewall configurations, updating documentation and log analysis.
  • Restructured existing support methodologies to introduce development, system testing and training protocols.

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