Help Desk Team Leader Salary

Help Desk Team Leaders in the United States pull down an average of $50K annually. Overall cash earnings for Help Desk Team Leaders stretch from $34K on the lower end to $67K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Help Desk Team Leaders. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,427 - $69,573
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $50,016
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$14.54 - $27.84
(Median)
$15
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$28
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,427 - $69,573  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,877  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $24,832  
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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$34,012 - $67,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $27.84  
   
Overtime
$21.77 - $43.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,877  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $24,832  
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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$34,012 - $67,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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Job Description for Help Desk Team Leader

Help desk team leader positions are found in a variety of industries, but they are most common in information technology. Requirements for this job are mostly related to work experience, although some positions prefer a bachelor’s degree; additionally, most require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. Work experience requirements depend on the company and pay level, but it usually includes at least two years in a help desk or customer service environment. Some positions may require specialized skills or credentials, such as security clearance and/or knowledge of specific technologies and applications.

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Help Desk Team Leader Tasks

  • Build and maintain knowledge bases for users and help desk team.
  • Interact with organization management to report metrics and to determine priorities and desired response times.
  • Lead help desk staff, setting schedules, evaluating performance, and creating standard protocols.
  • Control work flow for tickets and long-term projects, and escalate issues as they arise.

Common Career Paths for Help Desk Team Leader


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Help Desk Team Leaders may progress into high-paying roles like Information Technology Manager, where median compensation is $77K annually.

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Popular Skills for Help Desk Team Leader


Help Desk Team Leaders seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Customer Service, Systems Troubleshooting, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use and Information Technology Support. Most people who know Help Desk / Desktop Support also know Customer Service and Information Technology (IT) Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Help Desk Team Leader

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


For Help Desk Team Leaders, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $44K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. Help Desk Team Leaders with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $55K.

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Experience Affects Help Desk Team Leader Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Help Desk Team Leader Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 10%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Help Desk / Desktop Support (Tier 2)
0%

Team Leadership
0%

National Average
$49,000

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 12%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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