Computer Specialist Salary

For Computer Specialists, annual average wages total $54K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Specialists who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of Computer Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,195 - $93,298

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$11.92 - $30.22

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,195 - $93,298  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,112  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$31,006 - $88,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $30.22  
   
Overtime
$4.03 - $44.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,112  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $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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$31,006 - $88,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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. A more common career path for Computer Specialists is stepping into the role of Information Technology Specialist or Computer Technical Support Specialist.

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Typical 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.


Computer Specialists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $40K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Specialists make a median salary of $53K. Computer Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $82K.

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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 70%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Computer Specialist Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%


Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 16%

Customer Service
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%
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