Computer Specialist Salary
Computer Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $61K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of Computer Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of Computer Specialists are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
|Salary||$34,662 - $97,871|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $8,109|
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|$32,197 - $93,665|
|Hourly Rate||$13.14 - $27.27|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $8,109|
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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.Read More...
Educational requirements for this position usually include at least a high school diploma or equivalent. At least two years of related experience and relevant certification in the field is usually required as well. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work well independently and in groups, and the ability to instruct others are generally preferred. The ability to receive relevant continuing education is generally preferred or required by employers as well.
Computer specialists generally work in an office setting, and their shifts may vary depending on their company's needs. For example, some companies may require computer specialists to work overnight to fix and set up computers. This is generally a full-time position, although some companies may hire part-time computer specialists as well.
Computer Specialist Tasks
- Develop, install, and improve web applications, databases, or other software.
- Acquire, install, and configure user hardware and software.
- Test network connectivity, speed and infrastructure regularly, log results and report problems.
- Conduct user research to evaluate needs, write requirements, and build appropriate solutions.
Common Career Paths for Computer Specialist
Computer Specialists may progress into high-paying roles like Information Technology Manager, where median compensation is $78K annually. Computer Specialists most often advance into Information Technology Specialist and Computer Technical Support Specialist positions even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $10K lower, respectively.
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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Specialist
Pay by Experience for a Computer Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 42 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 56 salaries. An experienced Computer Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 44 salaries. A Computer Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 26 salaries.
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