Computer Specialist Salary

An average Computer Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $53K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. The majority of Computer Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Computer Specialists survey respondents are men (78 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$34,990 - $93,471
(Median)
$35K
$53K
$93K
MEDIAN: $53,152
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$11.53 - $30.06
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,990 - $93,471  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
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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$30,730 - $87,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $30.06  
   
Overtime
$4.14 - $44.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
   
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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$30,730 - $87,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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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Though some Computer Specialists move into positions like Information Technology Manager (where the average salary is $76K), this progression is not the norm. 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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Job skills reported by Computer Specialists are limited. 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Computer Specialists. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $40K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $46K. Computer Specialists bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $82K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Computer Specialist Salaries

National Average
$47,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%


Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 15%

Customer Service
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
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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