Computer support specialists

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Total Workforce
670k
Average Age
40.5
Average Salary
$63,183
Average Male Salary
$65,308
Average Female Salary
$56,629

About

Computer support specialists are most often employed by the Computer Systems Design industry. The average yearly wage for Computer support specialists was $63,183 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Computer support specialists by wage are Web developers, Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products, and Fashion designers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Computer support specialists are Wright County PUMA, MN, Gilbert (South) & Queen Creek Towns PUMA, AZ, and Raleigh City (Northwest) & Morrisville Town PUMA, NC. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Computer support specialists are Wright County PUMA, MN, Raleigh City (Northwest) & Morrisville Town PUMA, NC, and Gilbert (South) & Queen Creek Towns PUMA, AZ.

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 Administration of environmental quality & housing programs. Computer support specialists are paid most in Boone & Hamilton (Northwest) Counties PUMA, IN but are relatively concentrated in Wright County PUMA, MN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$63,183
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,379

In 2018, Computer support specialists earned an average of $63,183, $9,295 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Web developers make somewhat more than Computer support specialists while Fashion designers 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

0.353
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Computer support specialists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.353, 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Computer support specialists

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 Elementary & secondary schools.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Computer support specialists, by average wage, are Administration of environmental quality & housing programs, Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing, and Air transportation.

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Industries by Share

670k
2018 Workforce
± 20,052

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  26.5%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 5.61% and Elementary & secondary schools with 3.91%.

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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 (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

506k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 17,434
164k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 9,939

75.5% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

64.2% of Computer support specialists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.5% of Computer support specialists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) 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
± 0.433
41.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.769

The median age of Computer support specialists is 40.5, and Male employees are generally 1.28 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.

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ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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