Technical Specialist Salary

Technical Specialists in the United States take home approximately $74K annually on average. Cash earnings for Technical Specialists — including $15K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $38K to $116K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Job satisfaction for Technical Specialists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Specialists who answered the questionnnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$42,763 - $118,024
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$74K
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MEDIAN: $73,880
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$14.13 - $34.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,763 - $118,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,037  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,883  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$37,903 - $115,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 600
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.13 - $34.45  
   
Overtime
$22.26 - $54.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,037  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,883  
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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$37,903 - $115,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 203

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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

  • Investigate, process, monitor, and make recommendations for complicated problems or complaints.
  • Provide analytical support and direction for the team, and mentor junior members.
  • Develop and implement innovative solutions to optimize processes.
  • Serve as subject matter expert and direct the planning, design, and modification of individual project production.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Specialist


Gulfstream Aerospace Corp leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $99K.

Popular Skills for Technical Specialist


Technical Specialists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Software Development, and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 22 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Those listing Software Knowledge as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Network Management / Administration and Information Technology Support also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know Microsoft Office and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Specialist

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


For many Technical Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $49K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $69K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $80K in this role. Technical Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $87K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,696

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

For Technical Specialists, Detroit provides a pay rate that is 95 percent greater than the national average. Technical Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+23 percent), Washington (+22 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Dallas (+19 percent). Technical Specialists in Austin make 44 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (25 percent lower) and Philadelphia (20 percent lower).

Technical Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Technical Specialist

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Technical Specialist Salaries

▲29%

▲19%

▲2%

National Average
$68,000

▼27%

Skills That Affect Technical Specialist Salaries



Java
▲19%

Technical Writing
▲15%



National Average
$68,000

▼4%








Software Knowledge
▼49%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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