Computer Specialist Salary

Computer Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $61K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of Computer Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of Computer Specialists are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$34,662 - $97,871
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$61K
$98K
MEDIAN: $61,456
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$13.14 - $27.27
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$27
MEDIAN: $18.69
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$34,662 - $97,871  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,109  
Profit Sharing
$3,561  
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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$32,197 - $93,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.14 - $27.27  
   
Overtime
$27.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,109  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,561  
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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$32,197 - $93,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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

  • 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


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Computer Specialists may progress into high-paying roles like Information Technology Manager, where median compensation is $78K annually. Computer Specialists most often advance into Information Technology Specialist and Computer Technical Support Specialist positions even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Specialist

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. Computer Specialists bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $75K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Key Stats for Computer Specialist

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲47%

Experienced
▲23%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$51,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Computer Specialist Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Microsoft Office
▼14%


Customer Service
▼30%

Information Technology (IT) Support
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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