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Computer Specialist Salary

Earnings for Computer Specialists in the United States come in at around $52K annually on average. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Specialists who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$34,055 - $95,490
(Median)
$34K
$52K
$95K
MEDIAN: $52,314
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$10.32 - $30.66
(Median)
$10
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,055 - $95,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,163  
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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$30,502 - $88,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.32 - $30.66  
   
Overtime
$8.38 - $46.31  
National Annualized 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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,163  
   
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).
)
$30,502 - $88,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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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While Computer Specialists do not often become Information Technology Managers, the job pays $76K per year on average. The most common career progression for Computer Specialists leads to becoming an Information Technology Specialist, where average pay is $48K annually. However, many Computer Specialists also opt to become Computer Technical Support Specialists. Typically, a Computer Technical Support Specialist brings home $41K.

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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. During the first five years of their careers, Computer Specialists see a median income of $40K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $46K. For Computer Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $84K.

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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 81%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Computer Specialist Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%


Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 12%

Customer Service
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 17%