Network administrator

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What does a Network Administrator do?

Network administrators manage networks and technical systems. They troubleshoot problems, anticipate the business' needs and ensure that information can be shared effectively throughout the company. They research and plan maintenance and upgrades to the systems when needed, identifying likely issues and working to reduce potential downtime. They can deliver training to new users, showing them how to use the systems and access the information they need.

Working as a Network Administrator

Network administrators often have to react to unexpected issues, but their regular duties include:

  • Researching and recommending upgrades to software and hardware and scheduling them to minimize downtime
  • Maintaining network security, identifying potential breaches and ensuring compliance with data handling and processing regulations
  • Testing all systems to make sure they are performing at optimal levels and investigating any issues
  • Monitoring usage to ensure that the system's capacity is sufficient and recommending upgrades or expansion if appropriate
  • Analyzing website performance to ascertain its usability and improve the customer experience where possible

How much does a Network Administrator make in the United States?

1,886 salaries reported
Average base salary
per year
The average salary for a network administrator is $68,941 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Free fitness classes
  • Health savings account
  • Pet insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Retirement plan

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Common questions about being a Network Administrator

What skills do you need to be a network administrator?

Network administrators need to have excellent problem-solving skills to enable them to identify network issues and fix them as quickly as possible. They also need to be good at collaborative working as they will work with everyone in the company, often delivering training on new systems and showing new hires how to access the software they need.

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Where do network administrators work?

Most businesses above a certain size will have one or more network administrators. They usually work in an office environment, as that is where most businesses using networks operate from, but there are network administrators who deal with systems in other settings such as hospitals, universities and public buildings.

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