Computer Networking Careers & Salary Guide

Learn about the computer network training you'll need to land great jobs in information technology.

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From support specialists who troubleshoot issues with company networks to the systems managers who supervise network administrators, developers and engineers, professionals in computer networking can expect excellent job prospects, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Not only that, it's a field in which salaries have a lot of growth potential, depending on your experience level and professional certifications. But because of the wide range of job functions covered by computer networking careers, salary earnings in this field can vary quite a bit.

Salaries and Job Roles

New networking technologies like cloud computing and software as a service (aka software on demand) have increased the profile of network administration jobs. But these aren't the only careers available in computer networking. Network architects and engineers are critical to the design, planning and configuration of all sorts of networks. Network security specialists, who are also in high demand, are responsible for the safety and integrity of an organization's networks, from installing cybersecurity software to monitoring and dealing with breaches in security.

The relationship between computer networking careers and salary is complex, but it's possible to get a good overview of common salaries for a number of different networking jobs.

Computer Networking CareerMedian Annual Salary
Network Architect $98,430
Network Management $127,640
Network Administrator $75,790

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition; Computer Network Architects; Computer and Information Systems Managers; Network and Computer Systems Administrators

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.