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Working As A Wireless 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

  • $97,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Wireless 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 Wireless 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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Wireless Network Engineer Career Paths

Wireless Network Engineer
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Wireless Engineer Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Wireless Engineer Radio Frequency Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Wireless Engineer Radio Frequency Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Operations Manager Operations Director
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Consultant Network Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Consultant Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Sales Engineer Senior Sales Representative
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Wireless Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Wireless Network Engineer
Internship 2.2%
Engineer 1.9%
Top Careers After Wireless Network Engineer
Engineer 2.9%
Consultant 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$97,000
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$67,000
Min 10%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Wireless Network Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Wireless Network Engineer in the United States is $97,267 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

Real Wireless Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Senior Wireless Network Engineer University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jan 02, 2016 $135,000
SR. Wireless Network Engineer Jasper Wireless, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 05, 2014 $120,000
Wireless Network Engineer Quadgen Wireless Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Sep 24, 2014 $120,000
Senior Wireless Network Engineer Jasper Wireless, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 26, 2015 $120,000
Wireless Network Integration Engineer Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Nov 01, 2014 $118,900
Wireless Network Integration Engineer Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Nov 26, 2012 $116,000
Wireless Network Integration Engineer Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Nov 01, 2011 $115,000
Wireless Network Integration Engineer Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Nov 04, 2014 $112,840
Wireless Network Integration Engineer Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Nov 04, 2014 $112,298
Senior Wireless Network Engineer Adura Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 03, 2012 $110,000
SR. Wireless Network Systems Engineer General Motors Company Detroit, MI Aug 28, 2015 $105,352
Wireless Network Engineer Quadgen Wireless Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Feb 09, 2016 $98,000
Wireless Network Integration Engineer Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Oct 01, 2012 $97,500
Wireless Network Integration Engineer Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Nov 26, 2012 $97,500
Wireless Network Engineer Quadgen Wireless Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Nov 16, 2016 $95,500
Wireless Network Integration Engineer Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Dec 01, 2011 $95,000
Wireless Network Engineer Jasper Wireless Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 05, 2011 $95,000
Senior Wireless Network Engineer Reverb Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2010 $88,000
Wireless Network Engineer Boingo Wireless, Inc. Oak Brook, IL Aug 01, 2014 $87,000 -
$100,000
Senior Wireless Network Engineer Reverb Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2010 $85,000
Wireless Networking Research Engineer The Samraksh Company Leesburg, VA Sep 20, 2016 $85,000
Lead Wireless Network Research Engineer Northeast Communications of Wisconsin Green Bay, WI Jan 27, 2015 $85,000 -
$90,000
Wireless Networking Research Engineer The Samraksh Company Leesburg, VA Sep 03, 2015 $85,000
Lead Wireless Network Research Engineer Northeast Communications of Wisconsin, Incorporate Green Bay, WI Dec 23, 2013 $83,512 -
$87,000
Wireless Network Engineer General Communication Inc. AK Mar 29, 2010 $83,500

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Top Skills for A Wireless Network Engineer

  1. Access Points
  2. LAN
  3. Wireless Site Surveys
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked at Pelicans Hills Resort wireless enhanced project, upgrading current network to Cisco switches and access points.
  • Developed survey reports, project installation plans, performed installations and post-installation/verification testing.
  • Facilitated and managed outside vendors and internal USPS organizations to have wireless site surveys and equipment deployed and installed.
  • Experience in design, installation, configuration, administration and troubleshooting of LAN/WAN infrastructure and security using Cisco routers/Switches/firewalls.
  • Experience in Wireless, Networking technologies and related protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP, VLAN).

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Top 10 Best States for Wireless Network Engineers

  1. Maryland
  2. Texas
  3. California
  4. Virginia
  5. District of Columbia
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Washington
  8. New Jersey
  9. Connecticut
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Wireless Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.0%

Female

12.5%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

52.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Asian

14.8%

Black or African American

11.6%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Dari

8.3%

Cheyenne

8.3%

Polish

8.3%

Arabic

8.3%
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Wireless Network Engineer Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

7.9%

University of Texas at Dallas

7.9%

University of Phoenix

7.9%

Auburn University

7.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

7.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.3%

National University

6.3%

University of Kentucky

4.8%

University of Houston

4.8%

Old Dominion University

4.8%

University of California - Irvine

4.8%

North Carolina State University

3.2%

Western Governors University

3.2%

Morgan State University

3.2%

Ohio State University

3.2%

University of Akron

3.2%

Strayer University

3.2%

Iowa State University

3.2%

Tarleton State University

3.2%

DeVry University-Illinois

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.8%

Computer Science

13.4%

Computer Networking

11.3%

Computer Information Systems

8.7%

Information Technology

6.5%

Computer Engineering

6.5%

Business

6.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.6%

Information Systems

2.6%

Project Management

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%

Chemistry

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Telecommunications Management

1.3%

Agricultural Production Operations

1.3%

Accounting

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Masters

23.7%

Other

14.9%

Associate

11.5%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

1.4%
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