Computer network technicians manage and maintain an organization’s network systems, including wide area networks, local area networks, the Intranet, Internet, network segments and all other communication systems. The average wage earned by professionals in this occupation varies based on factors such as industry and location.
The average salary earned by network technicians in the United States was approximately ,000 as of May 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bottom 10 percent of professionals in this field earned about ,000 a year, while the top 10 percent earned about 2,000.
The computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing industry offers the highest average pay for this occupation with an average annual salary of ,630. The employee benefits funds industry ranks second with an average wage of ,000. Technicians who worked for the postal service, as well as those who worked for employers involved in "other financial investment activities," earned about ,000 a year on average. Those who worked in the securities, commodity contracts and brokerage industry earned about ,000.
A network technician’s salary can fluctuate based on geographic location and varying costs of living. Of all the states, Virginia pays the highest wages for this line of work at an average wage of ,370 a year. Other locations offering higher than average pay include the District of Columbia, at ,720 a year on average; Maryland, at ,470; California, at ,750; and New York, at ,020.
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