Computer Specialist Salary
Earnings for Computer Specialists in the United States come in at around $62K annually on average. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Computer Specialists who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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|Bonus||$-0.49 - $9,744|
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|$32,678 - $94,419|
|Hourly Rate||$13.19 - $32.97|
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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.Read More...
Educational requirements for this position usually include at least a high school diploma or equivalent. At least two years of related experience and relevant certification in the field is usually required as well. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work well independently and in groups, and the ability to instruct others are generally preferred. The ability to receive relevant continuing education is generally preferred or required by employers as well.
Computer specialists generally work in an office setting, and their shifts may vary depending on their company's needs. For example, some companies may require computer specialists to work overnight to fix and set up computers. This is generally a full-time position, although some companies may hire part-time computer specialists as well.
Computer Specialist Tasks
- Develop, install, and improve web applications, databases, or other software.
- Acquire, install, and configure user hardware and software.
- Test network connectivity, speed and infrastructure regularly, log results and report problems.
- Conduct user research to evaluate needs, write requirements, and build appropriate solutions.
Common Career Paths for Computer Specialist
Computer Specialists who go on to become Information Technology Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Information Technology Managers 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 $4K lower and $12K lower, respectively.
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Computer Specialists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $42K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $51K. Computer Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $62K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $76K.
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