Technical Specialist Salary

Technical Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $71K annually. Total cash compensation for Technical Specialists runs from $37K to $109K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $11K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by tenure and the specific company. Male Technical Specialists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Technical Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,398 - $109,664
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$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,541
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$13.83 - $34.68
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,398 - $109,664  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,876  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $8,877  
Commission
$408.51 - $39,149  
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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$37,301 - $109,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 888
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.83 - $34.68  
   
Overtime
$21.67 - $50.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,876  
   
Commission
$408.51 - $39,149  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $8,877  
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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$37,301 - $109,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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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 Employer Salaries for Technical Specialist


Salaries are easily beat at Cummins, Inc., where median pay comes to just $91K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $86K and ending at $101K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Technical Specialist


Survey results imply that Technical Specialists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Microsoft SQL Server, Engineering Design, and Software Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 34 percent, and 33 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Information Technology Support and Training also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in Project Management and Microsoft Office. Skill sets containing Software Installation & Upgrade also tend to include Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Specialist

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Technical Specialists. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $69K. Technical Specialists bring in $73K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $82K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,113

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

For those looking to make money, Technical Specialists in Detroit enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 77 percent above the national average. Technical Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+44 percent), Savannah (+41 percent), Columbus (+38 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Seattle is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Philadelphia and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, 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

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 35%


Software Development
up arrow 33%


Technical Analysis
up arrow 4%

National Average
$66,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Technical Services
up arrow 2%


Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 12%



Network Management / Administration
up arrow 20%

Training
up arrow 28%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 32%

Customer Service
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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