Networking Compensation: A Review

When assessing the compensation trends within something as broad as “networking,” it can be a bit of a slippery slope. Are we talking about jobs that exclusively focus on implementation and administration of corporate networks, or something broader? Should certain kinds of work with systems, security or Web development fall under the networking rubric?

To provide CertMag readers with a rough picture of networking compensation trends, I’d like to go over select findings from the past three years’ worth of Salary Surveys, our annual study of income developments in the IT industry. Tens of thousands of IT professionals around the world, from Bangladesh to Belgium, participate in the survey. Respondents from nearly 200 countries contributed in 2007’s edition. And while the U.S. is by far the largest nation represented, the number of non-U.S. citizens who take part is substantial.

For the purposes of this article (and due to the CertMag community it appears in), I will talk about network design, network engineering, network management, network administration, systems design, system administration and system integration (or some slight variations on any of these).

First, let’s take a look at the lower-level networking positions from our studies. In 2005, system administrators earned an average annual income of $64,240. That’s not bad, but that number increased to more than $70,610 by the very next year. Network administration didn’t fare quite as well, with techies in that area pulling in an average of $53,310 in 2005 and $54,910 in 2006. However, these professionals’…


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