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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MEDIAN: $61,888
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$13.19 - $32.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,372 - $98,886  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $9,744  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$32,678 - $94,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.19 - $32.97  
   
Overtime
$27.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $9,744  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$32,678 - $94,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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 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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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Specialist

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


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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Key Stats for Computer Specialist

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
029
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Computer Specialist Salaries

National Average
$53,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 17%


Customer Service
up arrow 32%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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