Computer support specialists

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Total Workforce

667k

Average Age

40.6

Average Salary

$61,604

Average Male Salary

$63,582

Average Female Salary

$55,583

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Computer support specialists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Computer support specialists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Computer support specialists, by average wage, is Pipeline transportation. Computer support specialists are paid most in Worcester County (East Central) PUMA, MA but are relatively concentrated in Madison City (Central) PUMA, WI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$61,604

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,350

In 2017, Computer support specialists earned an average of $61,604, $9,539 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Private detectives & investigators make somewhat more than Computer support specialists while Transportation, storage, & distribution managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Computer support specialists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.347

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Computer support specialists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.347, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Computer support specialists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Computer support specialists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Computer support specialists.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Computer support specialists, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Hospitals.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Computer support specialists, by average wage, are Pipeline transportation, Natural gas distribution, and Support activities for mining.

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Industries by Share

667k

2017 Workforce

± 20,002

0.698%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 4.22%

The number of people employed as Computer support specialists has been growing at a rate of 0.698%, from 662,158 people in 2016 to 666,779 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Computer support specialists employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Computer support specialists at  28.8%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 5.82% and Hospitals with 3.3%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Computer support specialists in the US. The average age of male Computer support specialists in the workforce is 40.2 and of female Computer support specialists is 41.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Computer support specialists is White.

Gender Composition

502k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 17,363

165k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 9,964

75.3% of Computer support specialists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Computer support specialists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Computer support specialists

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

72.7% of Computer support specialists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11% of Computer support specialists, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Computer support specialists.

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Age by Gender

40.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.432

41.5

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.788

The median age of Computer support specialists is 40.6, and Male employees are generally 1.26 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Computer support specialists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Computer support specialists is Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services but a relatively high number of Computer support specialists hold a major in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Computer support specialists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer support specialists need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Computer support specialists need more than the average amount of Installation, Repairing, and Programming.

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