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Working As A Network/Server 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

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network/Server 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/Server 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/Server Administrator Career Paths

Network/Server Administrator
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 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 Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Developer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Team Leader Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Infrastructure Analyst Service Desk Analyst
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Network Engineer Data Center Engineer
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Senior Network Engineer Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Network Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Server Engineer 2.6 years
Server Technician 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Network/Server Administrator
Consultant 4.0%
Manager 2.4%
Server 2.2%
Top Careers After Network/Server Administrator
Consultant 3.7%
Server 3.5%

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Network/Server Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

77.4%

Female

14.2%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

10.8%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.8%

French

7.7%

Carrier

7.7%

Cheyenne

7.7%

Arabic

5.1%

Italian

5.1%

Portuguese

2.6%

Bulgarian

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Greek

2.6%

Russian

2.6%
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Network/Server Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.8%

Western Governors University

8.4%

Community College of the Air Force

7.4%

Strayer University

6.4%

Kaplan University

5.9%

University of Maryland - University College

5.0%

Purdue University

5.0%

Colorado Technical University

4.0%

Capella University

4.0%

Franklin University

3.5%

George Mason University

3.5%

DePaul University

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%

More Tech Institute

3.5%

Oklahoma State University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.0%

Houston Community College

3.0%

University of Central Florida

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.4%

Information Technology

14.3%

Computer Information Systems

12.5%

Business

12.0%

Computer Networking

7.9%

Electrical Engineering

4.8%

Computer Engineering

4.0%

Information Systems

3.4%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Management

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Computer Systems Security

2.5%

Education

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

General Studies

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.5%

Computer Applications

1.5%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.4%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Other

23.1%

Associate

16.6%

Masters

12.0%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$76,000
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$56,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Wells Fargo
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Network/Server Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network/Server Administrator in the United States is $76,302 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

Real Network/Server Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Server Administrator RUHA Technologies, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2013 $120,000
Siebel Server Administrator Holland America Line N.V. Seattle, WA Dec 30, 2016 $119,000 -
$129,000
Server Administrator III CSC Holdings, LLC Bethpage, NY Oct 01, 2015 $117,313
Server Administrator III CSC Holdings LLC Bethpage, NY Apr 13, 2015 $115,000
Siebel Server Administrator Holland America Line N.V. Seattle, WA Dec 30, 2013 $114,802 -
$124,802
Server Administrator III CSC Holdings, LLC Hicksville, NY Jul 08, 2013 $113,000
Advisor, Server Administration Caremark, L.L.C. Scottsdale, AZ Sep 12, 2015 $110,000
Advisor, Server Administration CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Cumberland, RI Feb 08, 2014 $100,726
Server Administration, Advisor CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Nov 16, 2015 $100,000
Server Administrator System Development. Integration, LLC Chicago, IL Dec 11, 2009 $97,145
Team Foundation Server Administrator USM Business Systems, Inc. Chantilly, VA Dec 01, 2016 $96,000
Team Foundation Server Administrator USM Business Systems, Inc. Chantilly, VA Aug 12, 2015 $96,000
Server Administrator Advance Digital Systems Fairfax, VA Jan 26, 2016 $95,472
Portal Server Administrator Openwave Computing LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Aug 23, 2011 $79,144
Network Server Administrator Software Merchant, Inc. Wayne, PA Feb 17, 2016 $78,645
Server Administrator CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. Albany, NY Dec 15, 2013 $76,500
Server Administrator CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. Winooski, VT Dec 17, 2013 $76,500
Server Administrator University of Colorado Denver, CO Jun 29, 2016 $75,088
Server Administrator University of Colorado Denver, CO Apr 15, 2016 $75,088
Server Administrator Proswift Consulting LLC Fremont, CA Jan 08, 2015 $75,046
Server Administrator (Systems Administrator) Krypto It Solutions, Inc. Washington, NJ Aug 08, 2016 $68,000
Server Administrator Reflexis Systems, Inc. Kennesaw, GA Jul 01, 2014 $68,000
Server Administrator Umass Memorial Medical Center, Inc. Worcester, MA Feb 29, 2016 $67,600 -
$100,000
Server Admin Cloudgamut, Inc. Addison, TX Oct 09, 2016 $67,000
Server Administrator Lg CNS America Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Dec 01, 2011 $65,219
Server Administrator Lg CNS America Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Sep 01, 2014 $65,000
Server Administrator Cyberlogitec America Inc. Seal Beach, CA Jul 01, 2011 $63,612

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Top Skills for A Network/Server Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Customer Service
  3. Active Directory
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  • Installed and supported Windows XP and Windows 7, Office 2003, Adobe Acrobat, LogmeIn VPN and Windows automatic updates.
  • Participated in 24x7 on-call, providing outage resolution to minimize impact to customer service level agreements.
  • Provide Hardware and Software server administration and support duties for network servers in multiple MS Active Directory Windows 2000/2003 Domains.
  • Profile backup preceding migration and restoration post migration.
  • Managed and maintained SQL databases in 3 separate environments including; running scripts, setting maintenance plans and applying security controls.

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