Computer Specialist Salary

Pay for Computer Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $56K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most Computer Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Computer Specialists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$35,570 - $98,460
(Median)
$36K
$56K
$98K
MEDIAN: $56,178
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$12.28 - $32.00
(Median)
$12
$19
$32
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,570 - $98,460  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,830  
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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$31,776 - $92,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.28 - $32.00  
   
Overtime
$4.14 - $53.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,830  
   
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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$31,776 - $92,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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 not commonly seen, Computer Specialists who transition into an Information Technology Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Information Technology Managers is $77K per year. Computer Specialists most frequently advance into Information Technology Specialist and Computer Technical Support Specialist roles even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Computer Specialists note just a narrow range 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.


Computer Specialists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $41K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $56K. Computer Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $82K.

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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 65%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Computer Specialist Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 12%


Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 17%

Customer Service
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

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