Technical Specialist Salary

Average Technical Specialists in the United States make around $71K annually. In the world of Technical Specialists, total cash compensation ranges from $37K on the lower end to $109K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $11K and profit sharing that approaches $9K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $39K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career length and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Technical Specialists is high. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Specialists who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$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


Technical Specialists will find the worst pay at Cummins, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $91K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $101K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Technical Specialist


Survey results imply that Technical Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Software Installation & Upgrade are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $69K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Technical Specialists make a median salary of $73K. Technical Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,113

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

For Technical Specialists, busy Detroit offers a higher-than-average 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). Seattle is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Philadelphia (10 percent less) and Atlanta (7 percent less).

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
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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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