The BLS reports that computer support specialists earned a median salary of $59,090 in 2012. The highest-paid 10 percent in the profession earned $96,850 that year, while the lowest-paid earned $34,930. The most highly compensated computer support specialists worked the following industries: mining and oil and gas extraction, pooled investments and funds, and satellite telecommunications. Look to the northeast and the San Francisco Bay Area for the highest-paying jobs, with Lowell, Mass., San Jose, Calif., and Salinas, Calif., topping the list.
Average Computer Support Specialist Pay vs. All Technology Jobs
Bringing in an average salary of $62,960, computer support specialists fall on the low end of the pay spectrum for technology jobs. Their pay is in the same salary neighborhood as a Web developer ($66,100), computer systems administrator($76,320), computer programmer ($78,260) and database administrator ($79,120). However, other technology occupations, such as IT manager ($129,130) and software developer ($93,280), are in an entirely different pay stratosphere than computer support specialists.
|Computer Systems Administrator||$72,560.00|
|Computer Support Specialist||$59,090.00|
Best Paying Cities for Computer Support Specialists
The highest paid in the computer support specialist profession work in the metropolitan areas of Lowell, Massachusetts, San Jose, California, and Salinas, California. The San Francisco area also pays well, as does the city of Poughkeepsie, New York.
Average Salary: $86,790 | See Job Openings
The annual median wage of a computer support specialist working in Lowell, Massachusetts is $86,790, which is $27,700 more than the average pay in the profession.
San Jose, California
Average Salary: $85,360 | See Job Openings
The annual median wage of a computer support specialist working in San Jose, California is $85,360, which is $26,270 more than the average pay in the profession.
Average Salary: $84,300 | See Job Openings
The annual median wage of a computer support specialist working in Salinas, California is $84,300, which is $25,210 more than the average pay in the profession.
Average Salary: $83,570 | See Job Openings
The annual median wage of a computer support specialist working in San Francisco is $83,570, which is $24,480 more than the average pay in the profession.
Poughkeepsie, New York
Average Salary: $81,120 | See Job Openings
The annual median wage of a computer support specialist working in Poughkeepsie, New York is $81,120, which is $22,030 more than the average pay in the profession.
Last updated by Nathan Hellman.