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Network Administrator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages the day-to-day operations of an organization's computer networks.

Job Outlook

There were 368 Network Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 11942 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Network / Systems Administrator industry, which includes the Network Administrator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Network Administrator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $76,331.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $75,696.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Network Administrator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $65,681.

Education and Experience

Posted Network Administrator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree9%
Bachelor's Degree71%
Master's Degree9%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other12%

Posted Network Administrator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years19%
3 to 5 years57%
6 to 8 years14%
9+ years10%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Network Administrator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (47%)
  • Communication Skills (31%)
  • Problem Solving (27%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (24%)
  • Planning (23%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Network Administration (71%)
  • Cisco (40%)
  • Wide Area Network (WAN) (33%)
  • Routers (31%)
  • System/Network Configuration (23%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Technical Support (19%)
  • Scheduling (17%)
  • VMware (15%)
  • Telecommunications (13%)
  • Software Installation (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Network Testing (7%)
  • Cisco Routers (6%)
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (5%)
  • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) (5%)
  • Microsoft Exchange (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Network Administrator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Senior Network Administrator
  • Provider Network Manager
  • Network Manager
  • Network Administrative

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Network Administrator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Anthem Blue Cross (1155)
  • General Dynamics (252)
  • Deloitte (184)
  • Leidos (169)
  • Alion Science and Technology (92)

North Carolina

  • Anthem Blue Cross (24)
  • Duke University (15)
  • General Dynamics (12)
  • Deloitte (9)
  • Leidos (9)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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