Thanks to the growing need for skilled workers in computer related fields, the salary outlook for the network administration industry is very positive. Businesses large and small are investing in more advanced networking systems all the time and they depend on these to operate efficiently; meaning they need experts who can keep the network stable and diagnose any issues.
Employment opportunities are expected to grow by 12% for Network & Computer Systems Administrators between 2012 and 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). This slightly exceeds the anticipated growth of 11% across all US occupations but is less than the anticipated growth of 18% for all computer related occupations.
The median salary for a Network & Systems Administrator in the United States is approximately $54,000 (via Payscale). Your entry-level salary for this kind of position is likely to fall considerably below the overall median for the industry; Payscale estimates that entry level salaries average around 12% less than the overall median salary.
The main factor influencing salary for network administrators is their level of experience in the industry, meaning your salary is likely to increase considerably with time and career progression. The image below represents the average salary levels earned, based on years of experience:
In addition to experience, rises in your salary can be dependent on factors such as the type of companies you are working for and the different technical specifications you are working with. In some instances, geographical location may also have an influence on salary.
The outlook for the network administration industry is very positive, with employment opportunities expected to grow by 12% between 2012 and 2022. It is widely expected there may be further growth facilitated by the increased reliance on computer systems for businesses. It is also expected the emergence of cloud computing will continue to provide further employment opportunities for those with knowledge and experience in the networking field.
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