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Technical Specialist Salary (United States)

A substantial slice of final earnings for Technical Specialists (more than a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $66K. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Technical Specialists can bottom out near $37K or peak near $105K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Specialists. Most Technical Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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  
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  
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 results imply that Technical Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 Support also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Software Installation & Upgrade. Those proficient in Project Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.
Technical Specialists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $69K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Technical Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $74K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $80K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, just over a half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining slightly less than a fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

Detroit
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Washington
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Boston
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Auburn Hills
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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
Minneapolis
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Richmond
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Dallas
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Philadelphia
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Atlanta
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Seattle
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Technical Specialists will find that Detroit offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 53 percent. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Washington, Boston, Auburn Hills, and Indianapolis, where Technical Specialists typically earn around 40 percent, 33 percent, 24 percent, and 22 percent more than usual. Technical Specialists in Seattle take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 37 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (15 percent lower) and Philadelphia (9 percent lower).

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
up arrow 32%
Project Management
0%
National Average
$66,000
Technical Services
up arrow 9%
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 15%
Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 18%
Training
up arrow 24%
Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 30%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 34%
Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
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%