Computer technicians, or computer technical support specialists, maintain and repair computers. A computer technician may choose to work on computers within one specific organisation, or he may choose a job where he is called upon by various other organisations or individuals if his assistance is needed. A computer technician's salary depends on factors such as his location, the industry in which he works and other factors.
As of 2011, the median annual salary for a computer technical support specialist is between £21,106 and £32,704, PayScale reports. In 2009, the average annual salary for a general computer specialist--a title that covers both technical support specialists and help-desk technicians--was £30,784, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. In 2009, those in the 10th percentile earned £17,680; those in the 25th percentile earned £22,308; those in the 50th percentile earned £28,795; those in the 75th percentile earned £37,238; and those in the 90th percentile earned £47,248.
Salary by Location
In 2009, BLS data show the top five highest-paying states for a computer technician were Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, Delaware and California. Massachusetts employed 17,960 computer technicians. If a technician worked in Massachusetts, her average hourly wages were £18.80 and her average annual salary was £39,149. The District of Columbia employed 3,970 computer technicians; the average hourly wage of these technicians was £18.10; and their average annual salary was £37,648. Connecticut employed 6,540 computer technicians, and the average hourly wage for these technicians was £17.4, placing the average annual salary for these technicians at £36,348. Delaware employed 1,750 technicians. If a technician worked in Delaware, her average hourly wage was £17.0 and her average annual salary was £35,509. California employed 60,730 computer technicians; the average hourly wage for these computer technicians was £16.50; and their average annual salary was £34,502.
Utah and Idaho are lower-paying states for a computer technician as of 2009. In that year, Utah employed 7,510 technicians, paid an average hourly wage of £13.30 and an average annual salary of £27,839. Idaho employed 3,590 computer technicians, paid an average hourly wage of £12.50 and an average annual salary of £26,104.
Salary by Industry
The computer systems design and related services industry employs the most computer technicians compared to other industries, at around 102,410, according to 2009 BLS data. A technician working in the systems design industry earns an average hourly wage of £14 and an average annual salary of £31,102. Elementary and secondary schools employ around 30,520 computer technicians. Those who work for these schools earn a slightly lower average hourly wage than their counterparts working in systems design, at £13.50 an hour and an average annual salary of £28,151.
Management of companies and enterprises employ around 29,940 computer technicians and pay an average hourly wage of £15.4, or annual salary of £32,220. Colleges, universities and professional schools employ around 25,160, with an average hourly wage of £14.10 and an average annual salary of £29,490. The monetary authorities-central bank industry employs around 750 computer technicians, paying an average hourly wage of £22.2 and an average annual salary of £46,325. The postal service employs around 110 computer technicians and pay an average hourly wage of £19.2 and an average annual salary of £39,994.
Factors that impact a computer technician's earnings are her level of experience, the size and reputation of her employer, her education or certification and her specialities or skills. Like with most professions, as a computer technician's level of experience rises, so does her salary range. Experienced, skilled, computer technicians who work for reputable employers are at an advantage when other factors are held equal.