LAN/WAN Support Specialists Salary 2018: How Much Money Do They Make

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Computer Network Support Specialists

Other names for this job might include Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Computer Network Specialist, Computer Network Support Specialist, Computer Networker, Configuration Technician, Implementation Consultant, Internet Information Technology Specialist, Internet Network Specialist, Internet Security Specialist

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How Much Do LAN/WAN Support Specialists Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Computer Network Support Specialists make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as a Computer Network Support Specialist will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).

Average salary

Annual salary
$67770 per year

Hourly wage
$32.580 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do LAN/WAN Support Specialists make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of LAN/WAN Support Specialists is $67770. Their salary can also be as low as $37040 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $105910 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $32.580 and can range from $17.810 to $50.920 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A LAN/WAN Support Specialist will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do LAN/WAN Support Specialists make with other careers, they have a salary rank of B.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$50.920$105910
Senior (Top 25%)$39.690$82560
Middle (Mid 50%)$30.130$62670
Junior (Bottom 25%)$22.860$47550
No experience (Bottom 10%)$17.810$37040

Entry-level LAN/WAN Support Specialists who starts out at $47550 can expect to make $62670 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $17.810 per hour while the top 10% makes over $50.920 per hour.

While the median wage is $62670 per annum or $30.130 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Oil and Gas Extraction42.9389300
Securities and Commodity Exchanges41.8286980
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage40.5384290
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities39.4281980
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank37.878630
Natural Gas Distribution37.7978600
Other Financial Investment Activities37.778410
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences37.6978400
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing37.4277830
Scientific Research and Development Services37.3177600
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation37.1277210
Nondepository Credit Intermediation36.8176560
Federal government, including the US Postal Service36.5375990
Postal Service (federal government)36.5375980
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing35.7174270
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing35.6874210
Support Activities for Mining35.4573730
Pipeline Transportation35.4173660
Wired Telecommunications Carriers35.2773360
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)34.9872770
Services to Buildings and Dwellings34.9472670
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations34.9472670
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing34.8772520
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing34.8572480
Finance and Insurance34.7172200
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing34.6572070
Other Information Services34.6572070
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution34.6171990
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities34.5771900
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles34.5371830
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing34.5171780
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers34.4871730
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing34.4471640
Depository Credit Intermediation34.3671480
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services34.2171160
Water Transportation34.1871090
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation34.1871090
Waste Management and Remediation Services34.1170940
Software Publishers34.0870890
Lessors of Real Estate33.9470590
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers33.8370360
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers33.6870060
Satellite Telecommunications33.6670020
Water, Sewage and Other Systems33.4969650
Basic Chemical Manufacturing33.4569570
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing33.4569570
Publishing Industries (except Internet)33.1668980
Other Insurance Related Activities33.0968820
Wholesale Trade33.0368700
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods33.0168670
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation32.9968630
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing32.8968410
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers32.7868190
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing32.6767960
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction32.567590
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers32.567590
All industries, private ownership only32.4267440
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing32.4267440
Spectator Sports32.2867150
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing32.2867130
Residential Building Construction32.2667090
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing32.266980
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services32.1866920
Computer Systems Design and Related Services32.1666890
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing32.166760
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance32.0566670
Management of Companies and Enterprises32.0366630
Insurance Carriers31.9866530
Rail Transportation31.9666490
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing31.9566450
Other Support Services31.9466430
All industries31.866140
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities31.7866100
Engineering Services31.6765870
Rental and Leasing Services31.6365780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services31.5965710
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services31.5665650
Utility System Construction31.4465390
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers31.4265350
Repair and Maintenance31.4165330
Scheduled Air Transportation31.3865270
Support Activities for Air Transportation31.3765240
Air Transportation31.3465190
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations31.365100
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities31.2965080
Motion Picture and Video Industries31.264900
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing31.1764840
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries31.1364750
Chemical Manufacturing31.1164710
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers30.9964460
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers30.9864440
Electronics and Appliance Stores30.9764430
Testing Laboratories30.9564380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services30.9364320
Other Food Manufacturing30.9264310
Communications Equipment Manufacturing30.8564160
Security Systems Services30.8464150
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing30.7964040
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services30.7864010
Other Telecommunications30.6963830
Food Services and Drinking Places30.6963830
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing30.5363510
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods30.4563330
Legal Services30.463230
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)30.2963000
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers30.2562910
Specialty hospitals, State government owned30.2362880
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories30.2162830
Grantmaking and Giving Services30.162610
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations30.0562500
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)30.0462480
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction30.0362470
Mining (except Oil and Gas)29.9962370
Construction of Buildings29.9562310
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services29.962190
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing29.8862150
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned29.8762140
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing29.8662110
Paper Manufacturing29.8162000
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing29.6861730
Real Estate29.6561670
Office Administrative Services29.6261620
Machinery Manufacturing29.6261600
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers29.5761500
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers29.4861320
Investigation and Security Services29.4761300
Television Broadcasting29.4661280
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries29.4361220
Civic and Social Organizations29.461160
Land Subdivision29.3361010
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction29.3260980
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals29.2760880
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing29.2360810
Employment Services29.1560620
Educational Support Services, Privately owned29.1460610
Federal, State, and Local Government28.9460200
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service28.9460200
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages28.9260150
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers28.9160130
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services28.9160120
Other Personal Services28.960100
Administrative and Support Services28.8960080
Radio and Television Broadcasting28.8660020
Facilities Support Services28.8259950
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities28.8159920
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events28.7359760
Personal and Laundry Services28.7359750
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals28.7159730
Transportation and Warehousing28.6859650
Newspaper Publishers28.6659620
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing28.6159510
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing28.559280
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services28.4859230
Couriers and Messengers28.4559180
Couriers and Express Delivery Services28.4559180
General Freight Trucking28.4359130
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions28.459070
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses28.3558960
Nonstore Retailers28.2758810
Food Manufacturing28.2558750
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing28.2358720
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors28.1958640
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers28.1858620
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers28.1758590
Miscellaneous Manufacturing28.1658580
Plastics Product Manufacturing28.1458530
Hospitals, Privately owned28.0658370
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned28.0558350
Building Equipment Contractors28.0458330
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors27.9858190
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing27.9758170
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned27.9458110
Travel Agencies27.8557930
Printing and Related Support Activities27.8557920
Specialty Trade Contractors27.8157830
Retail Trade27.857830
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)27.8157830
Support Activities for Transportation27.7957800
Home Health Care Services27.7657740
State government, including schools and hospitals27.7157630
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)27.6857580
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)27.6657530
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers27.5857360
Educational Services, Privately owned27.5457290
Social Advocacy Organizations27.5457280
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service27.5257240
Rubber Product Manufacturing27.5257230
Forging and Stamping27.4957180
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers27.4957180
Business Support Services27.456980
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers27.3956970
Truck Transportation27.3456870
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing27.356780
Specialized Design Services27.2856740
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance27.2856730
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers27.2656710
Local government, including schools and hospitals27.2656710
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing27.2456660
Freight Transportation Arrangement27.1656490
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing27.1456440
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)27.1356430
Radio Broadcasting27.1356420
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers27.1156380
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing27.0956350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)27.0156180
Ambulatory Health Care Services2756150
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers26.9756100
Apparel Manufacturing26.9556050
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)26.9255990
Hospitals, Local government owned26.9155980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned26.9155980
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services26.9155970
Broadcasting (except Internet)26.8655880
Offices of Physicians26.8155750
Outpatient Care Centers26.7655670
Automobile Dealers26.7455610
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing26.6755480
Religious Organizations26.6755470
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing26.6555430
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned26.6455420
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers26.6155350
Primary Metal Manufacturing26.5455190
Junior colleges, Privately owned26.5255150
Educational Services, State government owned26.4154930
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing26.454920
Junior colleges, Local government owned26.3854870
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)26.354710
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing26.354700
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned26.2854650
Telephone Call Centers26.2354560
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned26.2254530
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction26.1354340
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation26.0254120
Special Food Services26.0154100
Accommodation and Food Services26.0154090
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)25.9954070
Activities Related to Real Estate25.9954050
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned25.8153680
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities25.7353520
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries25.7353510
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers25.7253500
Educational Services, Local government owned25.6253290
Cable and Other Subscription Programming25.653260
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned25.5153060
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)25.4953030
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)25.4752970
Traveler Accommodation25.4752970
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned25.4152850
Hospitals, State government owned25.2952610
Textile Product Mills25.2452510
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation25.1652320
Wood Product Manufacturing25.1252240
Other Residential Care Facilities25.0652120
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services24.9851950
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly24.951800
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services24.8951760
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities24.7451460
Vocational Rehabilitation Services24.6551280
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities24.6551270
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing24.5551060
Educational Support Services, Local government owned24.2850500
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)24.0950110
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities24.0249950
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)24.0149940
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned23.9949900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned23.9949890
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned23.9349770
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries23.9249760
Warehousing and Storage23.949700
Grocery Stores23.8849680
Social Assistance23.7949480
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)23.7449380
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned23.749300
Food and Beverage Stores23.6649220
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing23.649080
Offices of Other Health Practitioners23.5849050
Specialized Freight Trucking23.1148070
Other Wood Product Manufacturing23.0948040
Individual and Family Services22.7647350
Gambling Industries22.5946980
Casino Hotels22.546810
Miscellaneous Store Retailers22.4646720
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers22.2946360
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing22.1946150
Junior colleges, State government owned21.8445420
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores21.5944920
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing21.244090
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing21.1543990

Not all industries pay the same for Computer Network Support Specialists.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A LAN/WAN Support Specialist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DC may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful LAN/WAN Support Specialists are in the states of DC, NJ, MA, CT and CA. The average salary in DC is $87160.

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