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Network Engineer Salary

Network Engineer Salary

Network engineers' salaries depend on a variety of factors. Years of relevant work experience is among the most important ones. Network engineers in junior roles typically earn around £27,500 a year according to Prospects.ac.uk. More experienced engineers make about £42,000, and engineers employed in senior jobs earn £50,000 a year or more.

Other factors that determine salary include the size of the organization or business network engineers work for, as well as the scope of network installations they manage. Location is usually a factor too: engineers employed in London can earn considerably more than those working elsewhere.

The general salary range for network engineering jobs is between £19,135 and £44,185 according to Payscale. Network engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience earn from £15,027 to £34,863 a year, those with 5 to 9 years make from £21,638 to £49,833 a year, engineers with 10 to 19 years of experience earn between £25,532 and £58,900 a year, and those with 20 years of experience or more earn between £24,379 and £47,643, also according to Payscale.

Various professional certifications can make a difference, too. Network engineers with a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification make between £20,267 and £46,797 a year, Cisco Certified Network Professionals (CCNP) earn between £22,743 and £49,665 a year, Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIE) make from £38,146 to £68,784 a year, while Microsoft Certified Systems Administrators (MCSA) earn between £13,911 and £77,566 a year.

Best paid skills are Linux (£19,742 - £60,629 a year), Cisco Networking (£19,635 - £46,442), Network Management/Administration (£17,823 - £46,406), Internet Information Server (IIS) (£19,866 –£45,906), and Windows NT/2000/XP Networking (£19,690 - £45,589).

Starting salary

Network engineers with less than a year of relevant work experience typically earn between £12,080 and £29,898 a year according to Payscale.

Hourly wage

The average hourly rate for network engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience ranges from £6,24 to £13,94 per hour according to Payscale.

General salary information

Both large companies and small businesses recruit graduates into their IT departments. Job requirements usually include a bachelor's degree, relevant experience and certifications. Big firms are more likely to offer graduate training courses, but whether or not they do, training is an essential part of career development for network engineers and they must seek out appropriate courses for themselves. The National Skills Academy for IT can be helpful in this respect.

After gaining a few years of experience, network engineers can progress to network management jobs, which pay considerably more and, with some additional training, they can become project managers. If they work for a large organization, for instance a bank, they can move up the ladder to senior network support and eventually to network controller positions. If they enjoy the business side of things, customer relationship management can also be a career option.

Network engineers with considerable experience in the field can become self-employed and do freelance work. They also have the option to work for consulting firns, which can be a lucrative career move for experienced engineers with a strong resume and track record.