Computer Specialist Salary

The average Computer Specialist in the United States earns approximately $54K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though geography and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Computer Specialists is high. Most Computer Specialists survey respondents are men (77 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,047 - $92,972
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$93K
MEDIAN: $53,705
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$11.92 - $30.14
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,047 - $92,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,097  
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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$30,905 - $87,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $30.14  
   
Overtime
$4.03 - $44.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,097  
   
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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$30,905 - $87,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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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Computer Specialists who advance into the role of an Information Technology Manager are fairly uncommon. Information Technology Managers on average earn $76K per year. However, it's more common for Computer Specialists to move into roles as Information Technology Specialists or Computer Technical Support Specialists.

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Computer Specialists only report a few specific 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $40K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $47K. Computer Specialists see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $82K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Computer Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 71%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Computer Specialist Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%


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
29%
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: 16%
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