Earnings for Technical Specialists in the United States come in at around $74K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Technical Specialists can bottom out near $38K or peak near $115K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and tenure. The majority of Technical Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Technical Specialists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,921 - $117,892
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$14.48 - $34.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,921 - $117,892  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,771  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
Commission
$10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$38,053 - $115,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 630
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Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $34.84  
   
Overtime
$22.85 - $56.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,771  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
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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$38,053 - $115,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 220

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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


Technical Specialists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Cummins, Inc., where the average salary comes to $101K.

Popular Skills for Technical Specialist


Survey results imply that Technical Specialists deploy a deep pool 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 38 percent, 21 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing Software Knowledge as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Information Technology Support and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in 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.


Technical Specialists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $68K. For Technical Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $79K. 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 $85K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,221

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Technical Specialists, 24 percent higher than the national average. Technical Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+22 percent), Boston (+19 percent), Phoenix (+18 percent), and Chicago (+14 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Technical Specialists is geography, with workers in Austin earning a whopping 43 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (20 percent lower) and Columbus (11 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 127 votes.
027
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Technical Specialist Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Technical Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 127 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
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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