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Computer Specialist Salary

Median pay for Computer Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $52K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most Computer Specialists survey respondents are men (77 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Specialists. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,091 - $95,223
(Median)
$34K
$52K
$95K
MEDIAN: $51,833
10%
50%
90%

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$10.85 - $30.52
(Median)
$11
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$34,091 - $95,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,142  
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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$30,503 - $88,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $30.52  
   
Overtime
$4.09 - $46.79  
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 - $5,142  
   
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).
)
$30,503 - $88,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95

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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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Computer Specialists who advance into the role of an Information Technology Manager are fairly uncommon. Information Technology Managers on average earn $76K per year. An Information Technology Specialist role is the most common promotion for Computer Specialists moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $48K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Computer Specialists is a Computer Technical Support Specialist position, where earnings are usually $41K.

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Computer Specialists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Computer Specialists. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $40K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $84K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 82%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

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 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

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