Technical Specialist Salary (United States)

For Technical Specialists, commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to more than a third of their $66,113 annual pay. The top of the range reaches $104,572 per year, and the bottom approaches $36,790. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Specialists. The majority of Technical Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Technical Specialist Salary (?
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$40,425 - $103,765
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MEDIAN: $69,821
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Technical Specialist Salary (?
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$13.66 - $34.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,425 - $103,765  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,010  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $8,247  
Commission
$5,450 - $56,000  
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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$36,790 - $104,572  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 574
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $34.09  
   
Overtime
$21.67 - $49.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,010  
   
Commission
$5,450 - $56,000  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $8,247  
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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$36,790 - $104,572  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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Job Description for Technical Specialist

A technical specialist coordinates an organization's technology use. They recognize the company's composition and procedures, assesses its technology and technological processes, and attempts to streamline these processes to make them more effective. For example, the technical specialist may advise executives to create presentations using a particular program or may design new systems of storing data and information. A technical specialist can expect to work with other technical specialists in the company to discuss new ideas and improve processes; they also explain to others within the company how to use technology to increase production and make work more efficient. The technical specialist also must stay up to date with company and industry standards as they relate to technology.
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Technical Specialist Tasks
  • Develop and implement innovative solutions to optimize processes.
  • Serve as subject matter expert and direct the planning, design, and modification of individual project production.
  • Investigate, process, monitor, and make recommendations for complicated problems or complaints.
  • Provide analytical support and direction for the team, and mentor junior members.

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Popular Skills for Technical Specialist

Survey takers working as Technical Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design and Software Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Information Technology (IT) Support also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Software Installation & Upgrade. Most people familiar with Project Management also know Electronic Troubleshooting and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Technical Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Though starting salaries approximate $51K, they climb to $69K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $77K after 10 to 20 years. Wages continue to improve for Technical Specialists after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $80K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one in five. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Detroit
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Boston
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Indianapolis
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New York
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Houston
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$66,000
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Philadelphia
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Atlanta
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Detroit offers some of the highest pay in the country for Technical Specialists, 53 percent above the national average. Technical Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+40 percent), Boston (+33 percent), Auburn Hills (+24 percent), and Indianapolis (+22 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Seattle Technical Specialists earning much less—37 percent less—than the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-15 percent and -9 percent, respectively).

Technical Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Technical Specialist?
Technical Specialist in Minneapolis:
"Technical Specialist For Audio Video."
Pros: Being able to learn new systems and devices on a regular basis. Programming. Networking (computer). Security.
Cons: Interaction with sales team. Lack of direction. Impossible deadlines. Lack of any other technology savvy people in my company. Lack of adequate resources (computers for programming, work stations for mock-ups of systems, etc). Lack of a service department, most of the time the job falls on me. Being the only person who knows how to use Microsoft Office. Having to put together pricing sheets for bids.

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Experience Affects Technical Specialist Salaries

National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Technical Specialist Salaries

Software Development
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Project Management
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National Average
$66,000
Technical Services
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Database Management & Reporting
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Training
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Microsoft Excel
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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