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Working As A Senior Infrastructure 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

  • $105,647

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Infrastructure 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 Senior Infrastructure 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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Senior Infrastructure Engineer Career Paths

Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Consultant Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Architect Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Solutions Architect Chief Executive Officer Information Technology Specialist
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Architect Architect And Developer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Solutions Architect Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Network Manager 3.9 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Desktop Engineer 2.6 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Citrix Engineer 2.1 years
Exchange Engineer 1.9 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.8%
Server 4.0%
Engineer 2.3%
Manager 2.3%
Top Employers After
Server 6.4%
Consultant 3.7%
Manager 3.1%

Senior Infrastructure Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.7%

Female

24.7%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

75.5%

Asian

11.1%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

French

17.2%

Mandarin

7.8%

Chinese

4.7%

Russian

4.7%

Arabic

4.7%

Korean

3.1%

German

1.6%

Indonesian

1.6%

Lithuanian

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Cayuga

1.6%

Bosnian

1.6%

Javanese

1.6%

Braille

1.6%

Serbian

1.6%

Cheyenne

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%
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Senior Infrastructure Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.1%

George Mason University

5.1%

Community College of the Air Force

5.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

4.4%

University of Central Florida

4.4%

Western Governors University

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

Syracuse University

3.7%

Saint Louis University-

3.7%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Georgia State University

3.7%

Portland State University

3.7%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

American University

3.7%

Capella University

3.7%

University of South Florida

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.9%

Business

17.2%

Information Technology

9.5%

Electrical Engineering

8.5%

Computer Information Systems

7.3%

Psychology

4.7%

Communication

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Computer Networking

3.0%

English

2.5%

Information Systems

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Finance

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.5%

Other

21.1%

Masters

16.2%

Associate

10.5%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Infrastructure Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Hadoop Infrastructure Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY May 12, 2016 $265,000
Senior Infrastructure Automation Engineer Hedgeserv Corporation New York, NY Oct 24, 2016 $200,000
SR. Infrastructure Security Engineer Templar Shield, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 13, 2015 $200,000
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $200,000
Senior Game Server Engineer N3Twork, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 13, 2015 $190,000
Senior Game Server Engineer N3Twork, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 15, 2016 $190,000
SR. Maps Search Infrastructure Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 10, 2015 $180,000 -
$200,000
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Synack, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 15, 2016 $169,950
SR. Infrastructure Engineer Synack, Inc. Redwood City, CA Mar 05, 2015 $165,000
SR. Maps Search Infrastructure Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 11, 2015 $165,000 -
$185,000
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure/Systems KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Oct 15, 2015 $160,000
Senior Server Engineer Voxer, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $160,000
Senior Server Engineer, Vmware Equinix, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 17, 2016 $117,645
Senior Infrastructure Engineer American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Phoenix, AZ May 25, 2015 $117,500
Senior Data Infrastructure Engineer Udemy, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 23, 2015 $117,229 -
$150,000
SR. Engineer, Applications Infrastructure Multiplan, Inc. Bedford, MA Jul 18, 2016 $116,920
Senior Server/Ops Engineer McGraw-Hill Global Education, LLC East Windsor, NJ Apr 04, 2016 $116,000 -
$126,000
Senior Enterprise Java Server Software Engineer Gemalto, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 11, 2015 $114,650
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Onstar Corporation Detroit, MI Aug 27, 2015 $114,000
Senior Infrastructure Engineer American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Mar 10, 2016 $111,881
Infrastructure Engineer Senior Specialist Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Windsor, CT Sep 30, 2015 $96,426
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 18, 2015 $96,390
Senior Infrastructure(Devops) Engineer Innocore Solutions, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Mar 07, 2016 $96,000
Senior SQL Server Database Engineer Innocore Solutions, Inc. Irving, TX Mar 02, 2015 $96,000
Senior Infrastructure(Devops) Engineer Innocore Solutions, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jul 03, 2016 $96,000
Infrastructure Engineer Senior Specialist Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Windsor, CT Nov 16, 2015 $96,000
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Saks Incorporated New York, NY Apr 18, 2016 $95,000
Senior Microsoft SQL Server Database Engineer West Publishing Corporation Eagan, MN Jun 29, 2015 $95,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Infrastructure Engineer

CustomerServiceNewHardwareBackupActiveDirectoryStorageSQLServerWindowsServerSANWebVmwareESXLinuxDisasterRecoveryDomainControllersDNSVirtualMachinesSetupWindowsNewTechnologiesEMCGroupPoliciesCloud

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Top Senior Infrastructure Engineer Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. New Hardware
  3. Backup
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served drinks and food and provided customer service to residents of Assisted Living Center.
  • Researched, recommended and implemented new hardware, software and networking solutions to expand business operations.
  • Develop and automate processes and procedures for backups and disaster recovery.
  • Worked with the Network team to deploy Active Directory in the DMZ for use with various applications that needed authentication.
  • Mapped and documented IT related resources from storage to systems.

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