Application Support Specialist Salary

Median pay for Application Support Specialists in the United States is around $52K per year. In the world of Application Support Specialists, total cash compensation can vary between $35K and $82K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $4K, respectively. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men working as Application Support Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Most Application Support Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,885 - $82,046
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $52,449
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$13.94 - $27.98
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,885 - $82,046  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
Profit Sharing
$193.15 - $4,494  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,751 - $81,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 690
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $27.98  
   
Overtime
$21.21 - $44.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.15 - $4,494  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,751 - $81,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217

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Job Description for Application Support Specialist

An application support specialist works in a company's information technology (IT) department to help end users with the operation and functionality of software applications purchased from their company. The specialist may work with individual end users or corporate accounts in professional applications.

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Application Support Specialist Tasks

  • Train users on specific applications and document creation.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair computer systems, including remote installations.
  • Provide expertise and technical knowledge about an application or suite of applications.
  • Answer queries and resolve issues with software applications, and escalate or close tickets as necessary.

Common Career Paths for Application Support Specialist


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For Application Support Specialists, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Application Support Specialists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Application Support Analyst.

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Popular Skills for Application Support Specialist


Application Support Specialists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, SQL, Information Technology Support, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Troubleshooting. For most people, competency in Information Technology Support indicates knowledge of Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Application Support Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Application Support Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $46K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $53K. Application Support Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $65K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


Application Support Specialists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Application Support Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+24 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Orlando and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Application Support Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as an Application Support Specialist?

Application Support Specialist in Parker:
"Good Place, Slow Growth."
Pros: -Good location. -Good people (I think). -Job gives lots of free time.
Cons: -Job gives lots of free time, can be a pain to find things to do. I've practically automated my position away. -Lack of problems leads me to wanting to expand, but I'm "not allowed" to do so for unknown reasons. -Not sure if I'm being paid enough, and not sure I should be Full Time.

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Experience Affects Application Support Specialist Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Application Support Specialist Salaries


Information Technology (IT) Support
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SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$51,000

Software Knowledge
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Product Support
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Microsoft Office
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Troubleshooting
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%