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Technical Specialist Salary

Technical Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $70K annually on average. 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 $108K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Technical Specialists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Technical Specialists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$40,507 - $107,790
(Median)
$41K
$70K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,403
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90%

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$13.74 - $35.84
(Median)
$14
$21
$36
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,507 - $107,790  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,247  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $8,132  
Commission
$900 - $40,000  
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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$37,108 - $107,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 757
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.74 - $35.84  
   
Overtime
$22.66 - $53.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,247  
   
Commission
$900 - $40,000  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $8,132  
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).
)
$37,108 - $107,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224
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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


Technical Specialists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Software Development, Engineering Design, and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 26 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Development and Training also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Electronic Troubleshooting and Software Installation & Upgrade.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Specialist

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


Technical Specialists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $68K. Technical Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $73K. Technical Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $80K.

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 31%


Java
up arrow 21%

Technical Writing
up arrow 17%

National Average
$66,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Technical Services
up arrow 7%




Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 19%

Training
up arrow 27%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 27%

Web Development
up arrow 28%

Customer Service
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 211 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%
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