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Working As A Senior 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

  • $107,821

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Network Engineer Career Paths

Senior Network Engineer
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Database Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Systems Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Systems Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Engineer 3.0 years
Network Associate 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.2%
Engineer 1.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.2%

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Senior Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.7%

Female

8.5%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

54.7%

Asian

14.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

12.0%

Unknown

5.8%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

40.6%

Spanish

21.0%

French

6.3%

Cheyenne

5.6%

Arabic

4.9%

German

2.8%

Mandarin

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Serer

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Scots

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Hawaiian

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%
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Senior Network Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.1%

Strayer University

11.0%

University of Maryland - University College

8.1%

Georgia College and State University

7.6%

George Mason University

6.7%

Western Governors University

4.7%

George Washington University

4.4%

Community College of the Air Force

4.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.9%

More Tech Institute

3.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.6%

Capella University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

American InterContinental University

3.1%

New York University

2.9%

Colorado Technical University

2.9%

Johns Hopkins University

2.5%

Bellevue University

2.2%

The Academy

2.1%

University of Central Florida

2.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.5%

Electrical Engineering

14.7%

Business

12.4%

Information Technology

11.2%

Computer Information Systems

10.1%

Computer Networking

6.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.8%

Information Systems

3.5%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Engineering

2.5%

Management

2.2%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Project Management

1.5%

Finance

1.5%

Communication

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Computer Technical Support

1.2%

Education

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.6%

Masters

20.9%

Other

19.4%

Associate

10.3%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 29, 2017 $185,000
SR. Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 08, 2017 $176,000
SR. Network Engineer Disys Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2015 $146,500
Senior Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 29, 2018 $142,000
Senior Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2017 $135,000
Senior Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 20, 2016 $135,000
Senior Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2018 $120,000
Senior Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2018 $115,000
Senior Engineer-Network Engineering Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 23, 2013 $115,000
SR. Network Engineer Greenwave Systems Ashburn, VA May 08, 2016 $111,779
SR. Network Engineer Disys Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2015 $105,000
Senior Network Firewall Engineer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA May 14, 2012 $104,400 -
$116,450
Senior Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2018 $100,000
Senior Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2016 $97,427
SR. Network Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2018 $95,000
Senior Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 26, 2017 $90,000
Senior Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 20, 2016 $90,000
SR. Engineer-Network Engineering Verizon Data Services, LLC Ashburn, VA May 21, 2012 $86,250
Sr.Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $84,000
Sr.Network Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $84,000
SR. Network Engineer HCL Global Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 08, 2016 $83,501
Senior Network Engineer Moxie It Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 22, 2015 $80,000
SR. Network Engineer Disys Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2016 $79,726
SR. Network Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA May 04, 2015 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Network Engineer

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  1. Firewall Administration
  2. LAN
  3. Wan
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  • Experience with Firewall Administration, Rule Analysis, Rule Modification and project implementations.
  • Planned and implemented various security projects including IDS/IPS deployment and network monitoring.
  • Diagnose and resolve problems and LAN/WAN faults, while facing and exceeding deadline which impact other business within corporate matrix.
  • Switch and router configuration and installation including VoIP routers.
  • Trained and advised system administrators regarding implementation of policies, procedures, and infrastructure for varied computer and network environments.

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