Pay for Computer Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $60K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by geography and the specific company. For the most part, Computer Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 64 percent of Computer Specialists are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$34,503 - $95,522
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$35K
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$96K
MEDIAN: $59,685
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$13.85 - $27.14
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$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,503 - $95,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,054  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$32,110 - $89,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $27.14  
   
Overtime
$28.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,054  
   
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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$32,110 - $89,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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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For Computer Specialists, progressing to an Information Technology Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Information Technology Manager can earn $77K annually. A lot of Computer Specialists advance their careers by becoming Information Technology Specialists and Computer Technical Support Specialists. However, those positions offer $3K less and $10K less per year on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Specialist

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


Computer Specialists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $42K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $51K. On average, Computer Specialists make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $70K.

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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Computer Specialist Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 14%


Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 25%

Customer Service
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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