Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

15-1150 Computer Support Specialists

Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. Excludes "Network and Computer Systems Administrators" (15-1142).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
579,270 0.8 % $24.00 $49,930 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.61 $17.24 $22.24 $28.86 $37.01
Annual Wage (2) $28,300 $35,860 $46,260 $60,020 $76,970


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 107,250 7.45 $24.75 $51,490
Elementary and Secondary Schools 33,440 0.39 $21.46 $44,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises 31,980 1.68 $24.06 $50,050
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 27,480 0.97 $22.55 $46,900
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 25,250 4.19 $26.63 $55,380

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 20,840 8.21 $26.97 $56,100
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 107,250 7.45 $24.75 $51,490
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 14,340 5.98 $23.60 $49,080
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 25,250 4.19 $26.63 $55,380
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 6,170 3.92 $28.86 $60,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Investment Pools and Funds (8) (8) $34.81 $72,400
Postal Service 310 0.05 $33.48 $69,640
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 230 0.87 $33.33 $69,320
Natural Gas Distribution 320 0.30 $32.27 $67,120
Securities and Commodity Exchanges (8) (8) $31.11 $64,710


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 63,930 4.57 1.00 $26.88 $55,910
Texas 49,260 4.88 1.07 $24.67 $51,320
New York 38,810 4.65 1.02 $26.10 $54,280
Florida 31,320 4.41 0.97 $20.79 $43,250
Pennsylvania 22,780 4.16 0.91 $22.39 $46,570




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 8,650 7.53 1.65 $21.03 $43,740
Colorado 14,730 6.83 1.50 $26.92 $55,990
District of Columbia 4,350 6.81 1.49 $28.29 $58,850
Massachusetts 19,360 6.21 1.36 $28.75 $59,800
Virginia 21,310 6.04 1.33 $25.01 $52,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 8,290 5.18 1.14 $28.94 $60,200
Massachusetts 19,360 6.21 1.36 $28.75 $59,800
District of Columbia 4,350 6.81 1.49 $28.29 $58,850
Colorado 14,730 6.83 1.50 $26.92 $55,990
California 63,930 4.57 1.00 $26.88 $55,910

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 24,430 4.90 1.08 $27.95 $58,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 18,310 8.00 1.76 $27.26 $56,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 15,700 4.11 0.90 $24.39 $50,720
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 15,070 4.26 0.93 $25.86 $53,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 15,010 6.82 1.50 $23.31 $48,480
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 14,190 7.09 1.56 $27.44 $57,070
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 12,900 7.78 1.71 $29.42 $61,190
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,290 4.92 1.08 $25.26 $52,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 9,590 5.70 1.25 $23.51 $48,910
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 9,070 5.03 1.10 $25.07 $52,140




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boulder, CO 1,990 13.09 2.87 $29.61 $61,590
Provo-Orem, UT 2,080 12.39 2.72 $17.36 $36,110
Durham, NC 3,280 12.29 2.70 $30.37 $63,180
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 1,170 10.78 2.36 $23.94 $49,790
Madison, WI 3,400 10.53 2.31 $24.84 $51,670
Bismarck, ND 630 10.14 2.22 $19.51 $40,590
Raleigh-Cary, NC 4,640 9.47 2.08 $26.25 $54,600
Salt Lake City, UT 5,590 9.45 2.07 $22.52 $46,850
Huntsville, AL 1,850 9.15 2.01 $21.89 $45,520
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,410 9.10 2.00 $32.99 $68,630