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Working As A Senior 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

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Network Administrator Career Paths

Senior Network Administrator
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
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Team Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Manager Technical Services Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Networking Administrator Lead Senior Network Engineer Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Senior Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 4.0 years
LAN Administrator 3.4 years
Network Technician 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Senior Network Administrator
Consultant 3.2%
Top Careers After Senior Network Administrator
Consultant 3.5%
Manager 1.9%

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Senior Network Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

84.5%

Female

8.5%

Unknown

7.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

10.2%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.2%

Carrier

13.2%

Cheyenne

8.8%

French

5.9%

Mandarin

4.4%

Japanese

4.4%

Russian

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Turkish

1.5%

Marathi

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Armenian

1.5%

Romanian

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

German

1.5%
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Senior Network Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.7%

Strayer University

9.2%

Western Governors University

8.0%

University of Maryland - University College

7.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

George Mason University

4.2%

The Academy

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

San Jose State University

3.2%

University of Houston

2.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

2.8%

Central Texas College

2.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.6%

Eastern Michigan University

2.6%

Capella University

2.6%

University of North Texas

2.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.0%

Business

13.1%

Information Technology

12.9%

Computer Information Systems

12.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.5%

Computer Networking

5.3%

Information Systems

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Computer Technical Support

2.0%

Computer Systems Security

2.0%

Project Management

1.8%

Finance

1.6%

Education

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.2%

Information Sciences

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Other

20.7%

Masters

16.9%

Associate

13.7%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$66,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
KBR
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Connecticut
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Senior Network Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Network Administrator in the United States is $84,622 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $66,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $107,000.

Real Senior Network Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Network Administrator Vendini, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2015 $170,000
SR. Network Administrator HCL Global Systems Inc. New York, NY Mar 30, 2015 $133,568
Senior Telecommunication Network Administrator Data, Inc. Montvale, NJ Sep 13, 2015 $130,000 -
$190,000
SR. Network Administrator Litepoint Corporation, A Teradyne Company Sunnyvale, CA Jun 16, 2016 $130,000
SR. Network Systems Administrator Illumina Santa Clara, CA Apr 25, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
SR. Network Administrator Belcan Services Group Ltd. Partnership I Colorado Springs, CO Aug 20, 2015 $128,000
SR. Network Systems Administrator Illumina, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 20, 2015 $122,762 -
$155,000
Senior Network Administrator Stratogent Corporation San Mateo, CA Jul 19, 2016 $120,000
SR. SAP Network/System Administrator Mom365, Inc. Saint Charles, MO Oct 11, 2015 $118,500
Senior Network Administrator Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Irving, TX May 27, 2016 $118,000
SR. Network Administrator HCL Global Systems Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Feb 16, 2016 $116,000
SR. Network Administrator Externetworks Inc. Piscataway, NJ Aug 18, 2015 $114,912
Senior Network Administrator Stratogent Corporation San Mateo, CA May 11, 2015 $113,963
Senior Network Administrator Accenture LLP Florham Park, NJ Aug 25, 2016 $100,000
Senior Network Administrator Virtue Group, LLC. Alpharetta, GA Mar 24, 2016 $98,000
Senior Systems/Network Administrator NTT Data, Inc. Plano, TX Jul 02, 2015 $96,803
Senior Network Administrator Mastech Alliance, Inc., A Mastech Holdings Company College Park, MD Oct 27, 2015 $96,085
Senior Systems/Network Engineer/Administrator Blossom Solutions, Inc. Ellicott City, MD Nov 14, 2015 $96,000
Senior Network Administrator Gas Express LLC Atlanta, GA Aug 02, 2016 $95,846
Senior Network & Systems Administrator Om TEK, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 21, 2016 $95,000
Senior Network and Systems Administrator Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Jersey City, NJ Apr 02, 2016 $94,771
Senior Network Administrator Accenture LLP Chicago, IL Sep 19, 2016 $85,400
SR. Network Storage Administrator Teradyne Infotech Farmington Hills, MI Jun 01, 2016 $85,000
SR. Network Administrator Litepoint Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Dec 11, 2015 $85,000
Senior Network Administrator Randstad Technologies, LP Wayne, PA Jul 25, 2016 $85,000
Senior Network System Administrator Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company Bethpage, NY Jan 02, 2016 $84,649
Senior Network Administrators HCL America Inc. Redmond, WA Nov 19, 2015 $84,302
Senior Network Systems Administrator Presence RHC Corporation Elk Grove Village, IL Sep 21, 2015 $84,115 -
$109,252

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Top Skills for A Senior Network Administrator

  1. Windows XP
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Rolled out Windows XP professional SP2 deployment for company's laptops and workstations including application compatibility.
  • Assisted in presentation of information to management resulting in purchase and installation of network/computer hardware, software, and telecommunication equipment.
  • Developed and maintain operations of server and network systems within the company infrastructure.
  • Performed laptop and system repair, designed and implemented networks and Active Directory environments
  • Maintained and inventoried network printers and servers to comply with corporate headquarter standard operating procedures and performed monthly I.T.

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