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Working As A Server 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

  • $92,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Server 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 Server 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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Server Engineer Career Paths

Server Engineer
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Consultant Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior System Administrator Help Desk Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Administrator Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Infrastructure Analyst Service Desk Analyst
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Server Engineer 3.0 years
Citrix Engineer 2.1 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
Migration Engineer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Server Engineer
Consultant 5.5%
Analyst 2.4%
Top Careers After Server Engineer
Consultant 6.0%
Engineer 3.1%

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Server Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.2%

Female

10.1%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Asian

12.2%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

French

12.5%

Cheyenne

12.5%

Mandarin

9.4%

Chinese

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Swedish

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Gujarati

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Korean

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Server Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.5%

Strayer University

7.1%

University of North Texas

5.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.7%

American InterContinental University

4.7%

DePaul University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

Bellevue University

4.7%

Capella University

4.7%

New York University

3.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

American University

3.9%

ECPI University

3.1%

University of South Florida

3.1%

Michigan State University

3.1%

University of Cincinnati

3.1%

Northwestern University

3.1%

Texas A&M University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.7%

Business

14.5%

Computer Information Systems

11.9%

Information Technology

10.4%

Electrical Engineering

7.3%

Management Information Systems

5.0%

Computer Engineering

4.7%

Computer Networking

4.6%

Information Systems

3.8%

Engineering

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Automotive Technology

2.0%

Management

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Finance

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%

Computer Technical Support

1.4%

Engineering Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Other

20.0%

Masters

14.8%

Associate

14.8%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.9%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$71,000
Min 10%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Median 50%
$92,000
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$92,000
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Median 50%
$120,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Server Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Server Engineer in the United States is $92,937 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $71,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

Real Server Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Server Engineering Samsung Pay, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 09, 2016 $194,800
Princ. Serv. Engr., Network Arch.-GFS-Networking & Shared Serv. or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 06, 2014 $166,000 -
$186,000
Backend Server Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 12, 2014 $160,000 -
$180,000
Principal Server Engineer Skillz Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 18, 2016 $160,000
Director of Server Engineering Looppay, Inc. Burlington, MA Jun 01, 2015 $145,000
Server Engineer Adi Worldlink, LLC Mountain View, CA Aug 24, 2016 $145,000 -
$150,000
Ad Server Engineer (Software Engineer) Admobius, Inc. San Mateo, CA Feb 15, 2012 $140,000
Server Engineer Scientific Revenue Redwood City, CA Sep 03, 2015 $140,000
Database Server Engineer Salesforce.com Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 04, 2016 $138,362
Server Engineer Proofpoint, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 17, 2012 $137,000
Server Side Engineer Doubleverify Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $137,000
Software Server Engineer Ngmoco, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2014 $135,000
Software Server Engineer Ngmoco, LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 05, 2014 $135,000
Server Engineer Reverb Technologies, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 27, 2015 $109,762 -
$131,269
Linux Server Engineer Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA Jul 25, 2011 $109,000
Server Engineer Comerica Management Company Auburn Hills, MI Jan 01, 2012 $108,683
Server Engineer Marketo, Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 01, 2011 $105,000
Client Server Engineer IV BB&T Corporation Raleigh, NC Dec 09, 2016 $104,698
Lead SQL Server Engineer Atlantic Partners Corporation Boca Raton, FL May 01, 2016 $102,066
Server Side Engineer Doubleverify Inc. New York, NY Sep 08, 2016 $102,000
Software Engineer-Server Engineering Team Minerva Networks, Inc. CA Oct 10, 2013 $94,000
Server Engineer Carefusion Corporation San Diego, CA Aug 09, 2014 $91,619
Server Engineer Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 10, 2016 $90,813 -
$140,509
Windows Server Engineer 3 Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Cranston, RI Oct 17, 2011 $90,480
Application Server Engineer Sears Holdings Management Corporation Royal Oak, MI Oct 01, 2012 $90,376 -
$110,000
Staff IT Web Server Administration Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Jun 17, 2013 $90,200 -
$135,200
Server Engineer North Shore-LIJ Health System New York, NY Mar 17, 2011 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Server Engineer

  1. Windows XP
  2. Veritas
  3. Active Directory
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  • Installed and joined Windows XP computer to the domain.
  • Helped verify backed up data by using Veritas software to restore data and make sure it backed up correctly.
  • Executed technical support and troubleshooting as well as active directory based administration.
  • Provided effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure.
  • Provide installation, configuration and administration support for MS SQL database environments for stand-alone applications.

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