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Computer Specialist Salary (United States)

Computer Specialists in the United States take home approximately $50K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Specialists. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Computer Specialists who answered the questionnnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Computer Specialist Salary (?
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$33,730 - $95,081
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MEDIAN: $50,030
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Computer Specialist Salary (?
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$10.26 - $30.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$33,730 - $95,081  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,500  
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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$30,269 - $88,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $30.25  
   
Overtime
$12.36 - $46.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,500  
   
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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$30,269 - $88,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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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 not the most common occurrence, Computer Specialists sometimes become Information Technology Managers, where the average income is $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.

Computer Specialist Job Listings

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Computer Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Microsoft Office and Computer Hardware Technician are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Hardware Technician and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Computer Specialists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $39K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Specialists make a median salary of $53K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $82K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$45,000
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Computer Specialists will find that Oklahoma City offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$45,000
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Skills That Affect Computer Specialist Salaries

National Average
$45,000
Microsoft Office
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Computer Hardware Technician
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 17%