Technical Specialist Salary

Average Technical Specialists in the United States make around $74K per year. Total cash incomes of Technical Specialists run from $38K to $117K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $14K, profit sharing that reaches $9K, and some commissions of nearly $30K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and tenure. The majority of Technical Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Technical Specialists survey respondents are men (77 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,029 - $119,570
$45K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,065
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$14.31 - $35.39
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MEDIAN: $21.04
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$0$119K
Salary $45,029 - $119,570
Bonus $48.72 - $14,624
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,940
Commission $6,500
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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$37,992 - $116,809
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 623
Hourly Data $0$55
Hourly Rate $14.31 - $35.39
Hourly Tips $5.00
Overtime $21.73 - $55.79
Annual Data $0$116K
Bonus $48.72 - $14,624
Commission $6,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,940
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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$37,992 - $116,809
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 223

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.

Common Career Paths for Technical Specialist


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Technical Specialist Job Listings

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


Survey takers working as Technical Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Software Development, and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 21 percent, and 18 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

Pay by Experience for a Technical Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 302 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 285 salaries. An experienced Technical Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 260 salaries. A Technical Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 141 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,273

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

Detroit offers some of the highest pay in the country for Technical Specialists, 93 percent above the national average. Technical Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), Washington (+21 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Dallas (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 44 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Charlotte and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 26 percent lower and 21 percent lower, respectively.

Technical Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Technical Specialist?

Technical Specialist in Sugar Land:
"Several hats from Data entry to Quality Control."
Pros: Constant learning, new technology.
Cons: Long hours, low pay, no benefits, poor management.

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
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Technical Specialist Salaries

▲26%

▲16%

▼0%

National Average
$69,000

▼29%

Skills That Affect Technical Specialist Salaries



Java
▲16%

Technical Writing
▲13%


National Average
$69,000



▼7%







Software Knowledge
▼50%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 11%