Technical Specialist Salary

Technical Specialists in the United States take home approximately $71K annually on average. Total incomes of Technical Specialists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $37K and $108K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Technical Specialists survey respondents are men (75 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$40,536 - $107,707
(Median)
$41K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,513
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$13.80 - $35.61
(Median)
$14
$21
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,536 - $107,707  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,269  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $8,120  
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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$37,211 - $107,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 771
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $35.61  
   
Overtime
$22.41 - $53.07  
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 - $10,269  
   
Commission
$900 - $40,000  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $8,120  
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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$37,211 - $107,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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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 Software Development, Engineering Design, and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 24 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Training and Information Technology Support also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $69K. Technical Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $73K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $80K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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%


Java
up arrow 21%

Technical Writing
up arrow 17%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 3%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$66,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Technical Services
up arrow 7%


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 16%



Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 27%

Training
up arrow 28%

Customer Service
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 210 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
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: 11%
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