What does a Network Engineer do?

Network engineers are responsible for the implementation, planning, and coordination of security systems and software that protects the technological infrastructure found at a company or an organization. They build and maintain the daily operations of computer networks at their work sites and monitor and administer computer networks and related computing environments, including systems software, application software or hardware, and any and all relevant configurations.

Network engineers are also responsible for running disaster recovery operations and data backups if needed, and they help solve systems and software problems for users by troubleshooting to determine what the issues are. They can also determine an organization's software and hardware needs and install systems accordingly. They maintain a system of network and computer systems and run upgrades and maintenance, which includes the on-boarding of new users and granting of new permissions when necessary. Network engineers need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related fields and between 5-10 years of experience in the network administration field.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Network Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$87,248 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$58K
Median: $87K
$130K
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Network Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Network Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Network Engineer Insights

Read what Network Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Anonymous ContentAnonymous Content
Networking Engineer
Mar 20, 2021

“Good for fresher to work as a fresher it is a good start to gain knowledge”

IMPACT InfotechIMPACT Infotech
Network Engineer
Oct 24, 2021

“Good for fresher to work as a fresher it is a good start to gain knowledge.”

NisumNisum
Network Engineer
Jul 8, 2021

“Teamwork is central to everything we do here at Nisum and that includes our clients.”

Cambay ConsultingCambay Consulting
Network Engineer
Aug 5, 2021

“Good training and development with timely recognition....i love working here and wish to complete at least 5 years.”

CustomTec
Network Engineer
Apr 26, 2020

“I work with Customtec more than 5 years and this company give me opportunity to expand my career.”

SophosSophos
Senior Network Engineer
Jul 28, 2021

“There is a great deal of pressure and responsibility placed on individuals to deliver projects on time regardless of technical debt accumulating”

HCL TechnologiesHCL Technologies
Network Engineer
Jun 4, 2021

“Work life balance based on the client you get but it was good for me.”

J SainsburyJ Sainsbury
Network Engineer
Apr 13, 2021

“Unfair pay despite line manager marking my performance at the top of the next pay grade up.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a network engineer

When working as a network engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Routing Protocols, IPSEC VPN, Configuration, Operating Systems, and CCNP.

The most similar professions to network engineer are:
  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Research Assistant

The most common qualifications to become a network engineer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.