Men account for the majority of Desktop Support Specialists in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $48K annually. Total incomes of Desktop Support Specialists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $34K and $65K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Desktop Support Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,837 - $66,446
$36K
$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,258
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90%

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$14.80 - $29.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,837 - $66,446  
   
Bonus
$152.60 - $5,596  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $10,137  
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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$33,787 - $64,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 401
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.80 - $29.22  
   
Overtime
$21.28 - $43.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$152.60 - $5,596  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $10,137  
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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$33,787 - $64,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 370

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Job Description for Desktop Support Specialist

Desktop support specialists are in charge of providing excellent end user experience, which includes resolving potential or actual technical issues. One of their main duties is troubleshooting different software packages, hardware devices, and other peripherals. Additionally, desktop support specialists configure computer systems according to company policies. They must follow strict privacy regulations when it comes to handling sensitive data inside company drives. They help diagnose problems and follow up to ensure their resolution. Additional tasks include performing regular maintenance and updating operating systems while minimizing downtime and increasing productivity. They also help with data back-up duties in case of data corruption. These professionals generally work in an office environment with other specialists and use a personal computer as one of their main tools to report their progress and research possible solutions.

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Desktop Support Specialist Tasks

  • Create and maintain a variety of computer images for Windows and Mac OS systems.
  • Evaluate new product versions and recommend upgrade schedules.
  • Work with vendors to troubleshoot and resolve issues.
  • Deliver support for reported problems with desktop computers, laptops, peripherals and mobile devices.
  • Install and configure desktop computer hardware, software and peripherals using standard procedures.

Common Career Paths for Desktop Support Specialist


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Desktop Support Specialists do not often transition into Information Technology Manager roles. The role averages $77K per year. Career advancement for the typical Desktop Support Specialist often leads to becoming a Systems Administrator or a Desktop Support Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Desktop Support Specialist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with System Administration, Information Technology (IT) Support, and Windows PowerShell are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 25 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Help Desk / Desktop Support, and Troubleshooting. It is often found that people who know Help Desk / Desktop Support are also skilled in Microsoft Active Directory and Troubleshooting. For most people, competency in Computer Hardware Technician indicates knowledge of Troubleshooting and Microsoft Active Directory.

Pay by Experience Level for Desktop Support Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. Desktop Support Specialists bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,469

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Arlington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Desktop Support Specialists, 37 percent above the national average. Desktop Support Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), Denver (+12 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Austin and 12 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Desktop Support Specialist

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Desktop Support Specialist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Desktop Support Specialist Salaries

System Administration
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Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 25%

Windows PowerShell
up arrow 22%

Desktop Specialist
up arrow 21%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 5%




Network Support
0%

National Average
$46,000


Microsoft Exchange
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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