Technical Specialist Salary

Earnings for Technical Specialists in the United States come in at around $71K annually on average. Cash earnings for Technical Specialists — including $10K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $37K to $108K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Technical Specialists survey respondents are men (75 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,527 - $108,221
(Median)
$41K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,514
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$13.82 - $35.80
(Median)
$14
$21
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,527 - $108,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,300  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $8,233  
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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$37,093 - $108,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 770
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.82 - $35.80  
   
Overtime
$21.95 - $52.85  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,300  
   
Commission
$900 - $40,000  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $8,233  
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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$37,093 - $108,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 235
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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 report using 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, 24 percent, and 22 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 Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Project Management and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Software Installation & Upgrade also know 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 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 see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $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 22%

Technical Writing
up arrow 18%

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 15%



Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 27%

Training
up arrow 28%

Customer Service
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 209 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: 11%
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