Computer Specialist Salary

The average Computer Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $56K annually. While geography and the individual firm impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Specialists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Specialists. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$35,570 - $98,460
(Median)
$36K
$56K
$98K
MEDIAN: $56,178
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$12.28 - $32.00
(Median)
$12
$19
$32
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,570 - $98,460  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,830  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$31,776 - $92,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.28 - $32.00  
   
Overtime
$4.14 - $53.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,830  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$31,776 - $92,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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Job Description for Computer Specialist

Computer specialists perform a number of tasks related to maintaining computer systems and equipment. They are typically responsible for installing and repairing hardware, software, and other equipment, as well as overseeing the day-to-day performance of computers. These specialists also set up installation for cable and software, maintain accurate logs of help requests, and run diagnostics tests as needed. They also provide technical support and training, as well as install regular updates for office computers. Computer specialists work with employees who use computers, as well as with other computer specialists when needed.

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Computer Specialist Tasks

  • Test network connectivity, speed and infrastructure regularly, log results and report problems.
  • Conduct user research to evaluate needs, write requirements, and build appropriate solutions.
  • Develop, install, and improve web applications, databases, or other software.
  • Acquire, install, and configure user hardware and software.

Common Career Paths for Computer Specialist


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It's not very common for Computer Specialists to move on to become Information Technology Managers. Average pay for an Information Technology Manager is $77K annually. Many Computer Specialists go on to become Information Technology Specialists or Computer Technical Support Specialists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $2K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Computer Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Computer Hardware Technician, Information Technology Support, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Information Technology Support and Computer Hardware Technician also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Specialist

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


Computer Specialists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $41K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $48K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $56K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $82K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 65%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Computer Specialist Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 12%


Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 17%

Customer Service
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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