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Computer Specialists


Training and Education

Fast Facts*
Recommended Degree LevelBachelor
Salary, Typical$81,140
Salary Range$43K - $119K
Number of Jobs, 2012185,730
Annual Job Growth Rate2.4%
Job Openings per Year (est.)5,160

People with an associate degree have an easier time finding a job in this career. The percentage of employees with at least a 4 year degree or higher is 68%. Approximately 25% of computer specialists started in college but were able to get a job without a degree. Workers with a high school diploma but no further education represent 7% of the total.


Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

Approximately 6% of employees work part time. 7% of computer specialists have ended up working for themlseves.


Area Job Conditions

Jobs for this occupation are more popular (on a per capita basis) in Carson City (Nevada), Salem (Oregon), and Warner Robins (Georgia), and less popular in Cape Coral (Florida), Gary (Indiana), and Rochester (New York).

Without adjusting for the cost of living, computer specialists get paid the most in Washington (District of Columbia), Atlantic City (New Jersey), and Pascagoula (Mississippi), and the least in Muskegon (Michigan), Provo (Utah), and Lakeland (Florida).


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column -- for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

StateCity / RegionTypical SalarySalary RangeJob Count% of All Jobs
AKAnchorage$87,860$54K - $110K3100.18%
AKFairbanks$83,130$64K - $100K900.24%
ALBirmingham - Hoover$73,190$49K - $104K3100.06%
ALHuntsvilleN/AN/A - N/A5500.27%
ALMobileN/AN/A - N/A500.03%
ALMontgomery$82,570$65K - $104K6300.40%
ALTuscaloosa$75,680$54K - $97KN/AN/A
ARFayetteville - Springdale - Rogers$54,120$24K - $113K1300.06%
ARLittle Rock - North Little Rock - Conway$61,310$21K - $90K3100.09%
ARPine Bluff$65,280$26K - $95KN/AN/A
AZPhoenix - Mesa - Glendale$60,410$39K - $100K1,1000.06%
AZTucson$67,270$40K - $95K2100.06%
CABakersfield - Delano$83,800$49K - $106K4700.17%
CAFresno$73,190$32K - $97K2000.06%
CALos Angeles - Long Beach - Glendale (Metro Area)$75,770$31K - $117K2,7700.07%
CAOakland - Fremont - Hayward (Metro Area)$89,770$36K - $130K1,2900.13%
CAOxnard - Thousand Oaks - Ventura$91,960$45K - $115K3700.13%
CARiverside - San Bernardino - Ontario$69,190$49K - $107K6900.06%
CASacramento - Arden - Arcade - Roseville$81,030$44K - $127K1,2500.15%
CASalinas$92,320$64K - $126K3500.22%
CASan Diego - Carlsbad - San Marcos$88,780$54K - $116K2,2000.17%
CASan Francisco - San Mateo - Redwood City (Metro Area)$95,150$53K - $137K2,2300.22%
CASan Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara$81,450$49K - $137K2,7900.31%
CASanta Ana - Anaheim - Irvine (Metro Area)$75,060$36K - $120K1,5300.11%
CASanta Barbara - Santa Maria - Goleta$66,590$38K - $112K600.04%
CASanta Cruz - Watsonville$54,780$31K - $119K400.05%
CASanta Rosa - Petaluma$92,590$70K - $138K600.04%
CAStockton$88,340$70K - $113K600.03%
CAVallejo - Fairfield$86,090$44K - $123K900.07%
COBoulder$101,160$49K - N/A7900.50%
COColorado Springs$75,670$54K - $106K9500.39%
CODenver - Aurora - Broomfield$83,780$46K - $117K3,4700.28%
COFort Collins - Loveland$90,730$51K - $114K3800.29%
COGrand Junction$71,220$56K - $90K400.07%
COPueblo$69,230$49K - $90K300.06%
CTBridgeport - Stamford - Norwalk$90,900$65K - $118K1900.05%
CTHartford - West Hartford - East Hartford$85,510$52K - $121K8100.15%
CTNew Haven$83,120$52K - $113K2200.08%
CTNorwich - New London$82,260$22K - $116K900.07%
DCWashington - Arlington - Alexandria (Metro Area)$106,830$68K - $137K19,8500.85%
DEWilmington (Metro Area)$74,220$52K - $107K2400.08%
FLFort Lauderdale - Pompano Beach - Deerfield Beach (Metro Area)$36,010$18K - $93K3500.05%
FLGainesville$75,670$54K - $106K600.05%
FLJacksonville$73,180$29K - $101K4500.08%
FLLakeland - Winter Haven$77,540$46K - $108KN/AN/A
FLMiami - Miami Beach - Kendall (Metro Area)$80,240$42K - $110K3100.03%
FLOrlando - Kissimmee - Sanford$68,440$41K - $103K9200.09%
FLPalm Bay - Melbourne - Titusville$69,230$46K - $95K3000.15%
FLPensacola - Ferry Pass - Brent$84,540$59K - $106K2700.18%
FLTampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater$78,000$47K - $106K1,0700.10%
FLWest Palm Beach - Boca Raton - Boynton Beach (Metro Area)$71,200$38K - $104K1000.02%
GAAlbanyN/AN/A - N/A1200.19%
GAAtlanta - Sandy Springs - Marietta$86,290$50K - $129K2,7000.12%
GAAugusta - Richmond County$73,390$58K - $101K3100.15%
GAColumbus$68,810$56K - $89K1300.12%
GAHinesville - Fort Stewart$63,290$54K - $89K1200.71%
GAMacon$89,440$69K - $113K1000.10%
GASavannah$64,850$38K - $93K1200.08%
GAWarner Robins$73,180$48K - $89K3200.57%
HIHonolulu$84,140$50K - $109K1,4000.32%
IAAmes$61,310$25K - $90K900.23%
IACedar Rapids$70,290$33K - $102K1700.13%
IADavenport - Moline - Rock Island$75,680$31K - $101K2200.12%
IADes Moines - West Des Moines$61,430$40K - $89K3700.12%
IAIowa City$61,310$18K - $83K600.07%
IAWaterloo - Cedar Falls$52,860$25K - $76K600.07%
IDBoise City - Nampa$71,210$46K - $97K2400.09%
ILBloomington - Normal$68,000$34K - $115K4500.52%
ILChampaign - Urbana$77,400$50K - $115K1900.20%
ILChicago - Joliet - Naperville (Metro Area)$80,280$31K - $122K10,8100.30%
ILDanville$63,420$45K - $103K300.13%
ILDecatur$71,190$48K - $96K400.07%
ILLake County - Kenosha County (Metro Area)$70,350$37K - $105K7000.19%
ILRockford$29,780$25K - $75K1600.11%
ILSpringfield$90,650$58K - $114K1,3201.23%
INBloomington$60,850$45K - $86K600.08%
INColumbus$92,420$62K - $118K600.13%
INEvansville$48,730$23K - $76K1500.09%
INFort Wayne$60,920$35K - $91K1500.07%
INGary (Metro Area)$55,280$16K - $110K600.02%
INIndianapolis - Carmel$76,040$45K - $107K1,5100.17%
INLafayette$62,760$45K - $89KN/AN/A
INSouth Bend - Mishawaka$72,320$23K - $109KN/AN/A
INTerre Haute$85,770$51K - $117KN/AN/A
KSManhattan$63,290$54K - $87K1200.24%
KSWichita$71,110$59K - $90K2400.08%
KYBowling Green$71,240$49K - $109KN/AN/A
KYElizabethtown$75,680$59K - $97K5701.25%
KYLexington - Fayette$72,710$50K - $100K1800.07%
KYLouisville - Jefferson County$56,290$34K - $99K1,0500.18%
LAAlexandria$73,400$58K - $92K600.09%
LABaton Rouge$51,810$26K - $80K1600.04%
LALafayette$46,520$28K - $107K700.05%
LANew Orleans - Metairie - Kenner$79,870$32K - $106K1,0500.20%
LAShreveport - Bossier City$73,070$63K - $98K700.04%
MABarnstable Town$81,580$67K - $107K900.10%
MABoston - Cambridge - Quincy (Metro Area)$91,010$57K - $125K2,5800.15%
MABrockton - Bridgewater - Easton (Metro Area)$73,000$48K - $113K500.05%
MAFramingham (Metro Area)$82,650$56K - $114K2200.14%
MAHaverhill - North Andover - Amesbury (Metro Area)$78,180$39K - $136K600.07%
MALawrence - Methuen - Salem (Metro Area)$75,430$46K - $105K300.05%
MALowell - Billerica - Chelmsford (Metro Area)$97,800$62K - $131K2200.19%
MAPeabody (Metro Area)$81,330$40K - $113K400.04%
MASpringfield$69,620$43K - $105K1300.05%
MAWorcester$68,660$44K - $108KN/AN/A
MDBaltimore - Towson$97,340$65K - $123K6,2700.50%
MDBethesda - Rockville - Frederick (Metro Area)$106,450$55K - $137K3,1500.56%
MDCumberland$20,980$17K - $67K400.12%
MDHagerstown - Martinsburg$97,930$66K - $123K7300.74%
MEBangor$65,290$45K - $87K400.06%
MEPortland - South Portland - Biddeford$63,280$39K - $101K1000.05%
MIAnn Arbor$65,760$35K - $113K3600.19%
MIBattle Creek$70,230$45K - $89KN/AN/A
MIDetroit - Livonia - Dearborn (Metro Area)$88,130$51K - $126K1,5600.22%
MIFlint$55,640$28K - $73K1400.11%
MIGrand Rapids - Wyoming$61,330$34K - $108K6300.16%
MIHolland - Grand Haven$55,580$22K - $82K600.05%
MIJackson$55,290$34K - $81K600.12%
MIKalamazoo - Portage$56,860$39K - $80K900.07%
MILansing - East Lansing$59,180$43K - $80K1,4300.73%
MISaginaw - Saginaw Township North$55,830$35K - $84K800.09%
MIWarren - Troy - Farmington Hills (Metro Area)$74,370$40K - $108K1,4800.14%
MNDuluth$61,240$40K - $90K1400.11%
MNMinneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington$74,380$45K - $117K6,0100.34%
MNRochester$61,790$42K - $85K3700.37%
MNSt. Cloud$57,920$34K - $92K1200.12%
MOColumbia$69,970$33K - $93K700.08%
MOJefferson City$71,220$52K - $95K500.08%
MOKansas City$84,860$56K - $106K1,3400.14%
MOSpringfield$56,050$34K - $90K1100.06%
MOSt. Louis$80,270$49K - $106K1,7600.14%
MSGulfport - Biloxi$73,180$58K - $101K2500.24%
MSJackson$73,180$56K - $93K1400.06%
MTBillings$80,280$59K - $104K600.07%
MTGreat Falls$61,310$44K - $85K500.14%
MTMissoula$42,250$24K - $85K600.10%
NCAsheville$89,440$56K - $126K1000.06%
NCCharlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill$82,740$34K - $119K4500.05%
NCDurham - Chapel Hill$92,770$45K - $126K6700.24%
NCGreensboro - High Point$77,130$50K - $113K900.03%
NCRaleigh - Cary$67,530$45K - $107K8300.16%
NCWilmington$68,100$42K - $106K400.03%
NCWinston - Salem$43,940$28K - $102K600.03%
NDBismarck$64,840$47K - $80K1200.19%
NDFargo$63,270$37K - $90K1100.09%
NDGrand Forks$52,740$32K - $111K400.07%
NELincolnN/AN/A - N/A1000.06%
NEOmaha - Council Bluffs$75,670$54K - $100K5700.13%
NHManchester$87,760$56K - $160K1500.15%
NHNashua (Metro Area)$77,650$34K - $170K2800.22%
NHPortsmouth$82,740$55K - $104K1800.32%
NHRochester - Dover$69,020$35K - $105K800.15%
NJAtlantic City - Hammonton$101,850$56K - $131K5900.43%
NJCamden (Metro Area)$66,880$41K - $97K8700.18%
NJEdison - New Brunswick (Metro Area)$76,250$37K - $130K2,4400.25%
NJNewark - Union (Metro Area)$75,500$40K - $120K1,7900.19%
NJTrenton - Ewing$70,110$43K - $115K6300.29%
NMAlbuquerqueN/AN/A - N/A5400.15%
NMLas Cruces$75,680$59K - $90K700.11%
NMSanta Fe$73,180$54K - $101K700.12%
NVCarson City$64,750$42K - $87K3601.38%
NVLas Vegas - Paradise$63,290$37K - $95K1,2900.16%
NVReno - Sparks$57,640$36K - $86K4800.25%
NYAlbany - Schenectady - Troy$78,740$47K - $107K3800.09%
NYBuffalo - Niagara Falls$70,360$45K - $101K4400.08%
NYNassau - Suffolk (Metro Area)$78,450$45K - $117K3300.03%
NYNew York - White Plains - Wayne (Metro Area)$75,430$44K - $119K4,8400.09%
NYRochester$78,890$35K - $121K1800.04%
NYSyracuse$69,220$54K - $95K1300.04%
NYUtica - Rome$71,100$59K - $89K300.03%
OHAkron$74,290$43K - $117KN/AN/A
OHCanton - Massillon$65,930$41K - $101K300.02%
OHCincinnati - Middletown$81,980$42K - $129K1,4200.14%
OHCleveland - Elyria - Mentor$80,270$40K - $111K1,8200.18%
OHColumbus$84,720$54K - $109K1,7900.20%
OHDayton$79,070$58K - $111K1,1000.30%
OHMansfield$71,130$51K - $99K500.11%
OHSpringfield$76,410$51K - $114KN/AN/A
OHToledo$72,600$41K - $115K1600.05%
OHYoungstown - Warren - Boardman$62,050$42K - $91K700.03%
OKOklahoma CityN/AN/A - N/A8500.15%
OKTulsa$73,080$37K - $104K1400.03%
ORBend$63,660$41K - $90K1200.20%
ORCorvallis$59,070$48K - $90K1100.34%
OREugene - Springfield$53,540$19K - $86K3900.28%
ORMedford$53,850$23K - $92K1700.23%
ORPortland - Vancouver - Hillsboro$78,120$46K - $119K3,1500.31%
ORSalem$71,730$51K - $91K7400.52%
PAAllentown - Bethlehem - Easton$92,680$61K - $134K5500.16%
PAAltoona$67,250$50K - $98K300.06%
PAHarrisburg - Carlisle$77,990$53K - $101K1,4800.48%
PALancaster$64,820$32K - $97KN/AN/A
PALebanon$65,290$46K - $85K900.18%
PAPhiladelphia (Metro Area)$85,650$52K - $113K1,5700.09%
PAPittsburgh$70,220$42K - $112K8600.08%
PAScranton - Wilkes - Barre$61,180$21K - $93K1900.08%
PAYork - Hanover$82,370$56K - $104K2200.13%
PRSan Juan - Caguas - Guaynabo$55,090$25K - $98K5000.07%
RIProvidence - Fall River - Warwick$71,480$40K - $107K6200.11%
SCCharleston - North Charleston - Summerville$77,990$42K - $106K6200.21%
SDSioux Falls$68,820$45K - $85K600.04%
TNChattanooga$45,760$32K - $91K1000.05%
TNClarksville$68,820$56K - $89K1600.20%
TNJohnson City$57,640$33K - $89K600.07%
TNKnoxville$61,320$36K - $103K2600.08%
TNMemphis$75,670$52K - $104K6600.11%
TNNashville - Davidson - Murfreesboro - Franklin$60,850$35K - $101K5000.07%
TXAmarillo$69,230$34K - $116K700.07%
TXAustin - Round Rock - San Marcos$85,720$44K - $114K1,5500.19%
TXCollege Station - Bryan$55,100$41K - $88K1000.11%
TXCorpus Christi$67,250$54K - $89K1800.10%
TXDallas - Plano - Irving (Metro Area)$89,910$59K - $136K3,8900.19%
TXEl Paso$65,290$33K - $91K2500.09%
TXFort Worth - Arlington (Metro Area)$80,490$38K - $134K7000.08%
TXHouston - Sugar Land - Baytown$79,780$36K - $117K1,6500.06%
TXKilleen - Temple - Fort Hood$68,820$54K - $96K3200.26%
TXLaredoN/AN/A - N/A500.06%
TXMcAllen - Edinburg - Mission$37,480$19K - $85K600.03%
TXMidland$23,090$17K - $81K400.05%
TXSan Antonio - New Braunfels$75,680$49K - $102K2,3700.28%
TXTexarkana - Texarkana$75,170$56K - $89K500.09%
TXTyler$36,670$28K - $79KN/AN/A
TXWaco$61,230$27K - $101K900.09%
TXWichita Falls$61,310$21K - $77KN/AN/A
UTOgden - Clearfield$81,810$59K - $104K8500.43%
UTProvo - Orem$23,460$17K - $76K1500.08%
UTSalt Lake City$69,700$30K - $102K7000.11%
VACharlottesville$95,460$69K - $112K800.08%
VARichmond$84,250$58K - $109K5800.10%
VAVirginia Beach - Norfolk - Newport News$80,270$58K - $106K2,1100.29%
VTBurlington - South Burlington$82,560$57K - $111K2500.21%
WABremerton - Silverdale$83,200$63K - $105K3500.44%
WAKennewick - Pasco - Richland$72,820$42K - $102K1000.10%
WAOlympia$68,120$61K - $78K1100.12%
WASeattle - Bellevue - Everett (Metro Area)$92,680$36K - $141K4,0800.29%
WASpokane$63,290$32K - $90K2300.12%
WATacoma (Metro Area)$67,380$19K - $95K4600.18%
WIGreen Bay$74,660$43K - $108K900.05%
WIMadison$66,230$36K - $98K2700.08%
WIMilwaukee - Waukesha - West Allis$67,710$36K - $104K5400.07%
WVCharleston$63,290$28K - $93K1000.07%
WVHuntington - Ashland$75,160$45K - $100K600.05%
WVMorgantown$79,150$63K - $106KN/AN/A
WVParkersburg - Marietta - Vienna$80,280$59K - $101K3100.46%
WYCheyenneN/AN/A - N/A800.19%