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Working As A Network Manager

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

  • Repetitive

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Manager 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 Manager

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 Manager Career Paths

Network Manager
Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Services Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Center Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Operations Manager Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 4.0 years
Network Supervisor 3.6 years
Network Technician 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Network Manager
Manager 4.5%
Consultant 3.8%
Top Careers After Network Manager
Consultant 6.1%
Manager 5.1%
Owner 2.7%
Director 2.6%

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Network Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

76.4%

Female

16.5%

Unknown

7.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.3%

French

7.9%

Carrier

7.9%

Portuguese

7.3%

Mandarin

4.0%

Italian

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

Russian

2.8%

German

2.8%

Cheyenne

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

Greek

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Persian

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Swedish

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%
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Network Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.6%

Community College of the Air Force

6.4%

Strayer University

5.3%

Capella University

4.6%

Western Governors University

4.2%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Webster University

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Park University

3.3%

University of Houston

3.2%

New York University

3.0%

Colorado Technical University

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.9%

George Washington University

2.8%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%

Nova Southeastern University

2.8%

Pace University - New York

2.7%

University of Central Florida

2.5%
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Majors

Business

23.8%

Computer Science

15.0%

Computer Information Systems

9.9%

Information Technology

8.7%

Electrical Engineering

7.3%

Management

4.9%

Computer Networking

4.3%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Finance

2.6%

Project Management

2.5%

Information Systems

2.3%

Communication

2.0%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Computer Systems Security

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Masters

22.5%

Other

18.5%

Associate

11.0%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$70,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Network Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network Manager in the United States is $90,012 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $115,000.

Real Network Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Manager, Optical Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Apr 07, 2016 $210,000
Network Systems Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 20, 2016 $154,440 -
$191,000
Manager, Networks BAHA Industries Corp. DBA Open Systems Technologies New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $133,723
Manager, Network Automation Architecture Internap Corporation Atlanta, GA Apr 15, 2016 $130,125
Manager, Networks Suswee Infotech Corp., D/B/A Compu-Info Edison, NJ Sep 05, 2016 $129,334
Manager, Network Systems Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. Daly City, CA Oct 31, 2016 $122,949
Network Manager Universal Electronics, Inc. Santa Ana, CA May 15, 2015 $120,000 -
$130,000
Manager-Global Network Technologies American Express TRS, Company Inc. Phoenix, AZ Apr 28, 2014 $115,000
Network Systems MGR 1 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 01, 2014 $111,509 -
$164,900
Specialist Network Manager Futuris Automotive (Us) Inc. Newark, CA Jan 06, 2016 $110,076
Network Manager Access Bio, Inc. Somerset, NJ Mar 05, 2015 $106,600
Manager Network Team Open Text, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 23, 2014 $105,000
Payments Network Manager Transaction Network Services, Inc. Reston, VA Aug 16, 2015 $103,251 -
$110,000
Network and Systems Manager Orange Business Services U.S., Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 11, 2014 $92,803
Network Systems Manager The Howard University Washington, DC Oct 25, 2010 $91,000
Network (IS) Systems Manager The Howard University Washington, DC Nov 22, 2012 $91,000
Network Systems Manager The Howard University Washington, DC Oct 25, 2011 $91,000
Transportation Network Manager Newgistics, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 19, 2011 $90,700
Manager, Telecom/Network System Western Network USA Ltd. NY Feb 10, 2009 $90,075
Manager-Network Policy & Process American Express Travel Related Services Co., Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2013 $90,000
Manager, Networking Majescomastek Edison, NJ Feb 15, 2012 $89,904
Manager, Research & Analytics-Ivillage Networks NBC Universal, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $75,171 -
$95,000
Supply Network Manager VHA Inc. Irving, TX Oct 01, 2011 $75,000
Network Manager Prime Engineering and Architecture, Inc. Columbus, OH Jul 18, 2012 $75,000
Network Manager Prime Engineering and Architecture, Inc. Columbus, OH Nov 29, 2011 $75,000
Network Manager Nexsen Pruet, LLC Columbia, SC Aug 30, 2011 $74,422
Network Manager Hillis Adjustment Agency, Inc. Bensalem, PA May 01, 2013 $73,000
Manager, Optimization Systems Network Planning American Airlines, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jun 15, 2016 $70,907 -
$109,004

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Top Skills for A Network Manager

  1. Windows XP
  2. Customer Service
  3. Computer Hardware
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  • Implemented network wide upgrades to Windows 2000 then to Windows XP on 20+ computers Provided customer service in person and by phone
  • Coordinated customer service needs for approximately 1300 participating providers and support staff through effective communication and interaction with other SHP departments.
  • Determined specifications required for all computer hardware purchases.
  • Directed the team responsible for data communications, telecommunications, data security services, and web infrastructure for North American operations.
  • Redesigned remote plant connectivity and remote access capability to support corporate network activities.

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