Network Engineer Insights

CSS Tec currently has the great opportunity to recruit for vital technology positions that almost every business needs. One of these positions is the Network Engineer.

“Recently, we’ve seen a higher than normal demand for Network Engineer positions, both contract and full-time, from our clients and in the marketplace. The most qualified Network Engineer candidates bring a blend of up to date certifications and deep professional experiences,” says Toni Thomas, Account Executive at CSS Tec.

Network Engineer Data

There are over 15,500 positions in the United States, and according to Glassdoor, the national average salary for this position is approximately $82,760.

Based on information available from the Dice Salary Calculator combined with CSS-Tec’s historical data; a Network Engineer in the Philadelphia area can expect to make the following salaries based on years of experience:

  • Junior: $51,631 – $91,017
  • Mid-Level: $65,630 – $110,460
  • Senior: $82,990 – $123,185

In 2019, just in the greater Philadelphia alone, there were more than 2,406 open jobs posted for Network Engineers and/or Administrators. The current demand for Network Engineers in the Philadelphia market currently outweighs the available candidate pool by about a 4.67/1 ratio and we see no signs that this demand will be slowing down any time soon.

“This indicates that for approximately every 5 postings, there is only 1 active candidate seeking this type of role. Having a true partner during this war for talent will make a difference!” says Dino Grigorakakis, COO, Contemporary Staffing Solutions. 

What is a Network Engineer?

A Network Engineer is responsible for supporting an organization’s computer network infrastructure, including data, voice, video, and wireless network services. The Network Engineer collaborates with executives to build/implement a network that aligns with the organizations’ needs and goals. They are responsible for the overarching management and configuration of a network as well as troubleshooting and fixing network-related issues as needed.

How to Become a Network Engineer

As with most tech jobs, a minimum of an associate degree in the information technology/computer science is desired with a preference for a bachelor’s degree. Many schools have classes/programs specifically related to networks and managing them, which can get you the experience you need faster than those who will gain experience in the field.

Being proficient with Cisco can increase your pay. While the above salaries are true for a Network Engineer, a Cisco Network Engineer can make thousands more, with an entry-level salary ranging from $49,000 – $72,500. Likewise, being familiar with virtualization and cloud computing can add to your paycheck.

Certifications that will benefit a Network Engineer include:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • VMWare Certified Professional (VCP)

Who is CSS Tec?

CSS Tec, a business unit of Contemporary Staffing Solutions, has been a leading provider of contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire technology solutions while also offering Project Management and implementations of Salesforce solutions. CSS Tec prides itself on internal retention, with the average recruiter’s tenure exceeding five years, as well as their strong, established presence in the Philadelphia Metro area. The CSS Tec team coaches you with current business intelligence so that we can manage your expectations. 

“IT contractors are in high demand and CSS-Tec is the place to go if you need to see more opportunities or a strong pipeline of candidates for your next project!” says Sharon Tsao, CMO of Contemporary Staffing Solutions. 

Are you looking for your Network Engineer role? Check out our job board for all our open positions or contact a tech recruiter to help you in your job search!

Employers, looking to find skilled candidates for technical positions? Reach out to CSS Tec to discuss partnering with us!