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Salary, Wages, Pay: Computer Support Specialists and Systems Administrators




Median annual earnings of computer support specialists were $39,100 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $29,760 and $51,680. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,060, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $67,550. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer support specialists in 2002 were:

Professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers $46,740
Software publishers 42,870
Computer systems design and related services 41,110
Management of companies and enterprises 40,850
Elementary and secondary schools 33,480

Median annual earnings of network and computer systems administrators were $54,810 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $43,290 and $69,530. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $86,440. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of network and computer systems administrators in 2002 were:

Wired telecommunications carriers $59,710
Computer systems design and related services 58,790
Management of companies and enterprises 58,610
Data processing, hosting, and related services 56,140
Elementary and secondary schools 48,350

According to Robert Half International, starting salaries in 2003 ranged from $27,500 to $56,500 for help-desk support staff, and from $51,000 to $67,250 for more senior technical support specialists. For systems administrators, starting salaries in 2003 ranged from $49,000 to $70,250.