IT Salary Watch: Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Salary information and a job description for network and computer systems administrators.


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Posted September 14, 2006

James Maguire

James Maguire

Job title: Network and computer systems administrator

Job growth rate between 2004 to 2014: 38.4%

Job Description:

It’s safe to say that the entire enterprise relies upon the network administrator. All those humming machines, the big interconnected servers that make everything function – without a skilled and ever-vigilant administrator, it all ceases to function. The employees can’t even send a simple e-mail. Making the administrator’s job that much more complicated: they often have to manage the IT support people who tend to the network.

Salary Information:

• The middle 50 percent earned between $46,260 and $73,620.

• The highest 10 percent earned more than $91,300.

• The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,100.

• The median annual salary: $58,190.

The industries that employed the most network and computer systems administrators paid the following median salaries:

• Wired telecommunications carriers: $65,120.

• Computer systems design: $63,710.

• Management of companies and enterprises: $61,600.

• Elementary and secondary schools: $51,420.

• Colleges and universities: $51,170.

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Source of salary and job growth rate data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2004.

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