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Training and Education

People with an associate degree have an easier time finding a job in this career. The percentage of employees with at least a 4 year degree or higher is 68%. Approximately 25% of computer specialists started in college but were able to get a job without a degree. Workers with a high school diploma but no further education represent 7% of the total.


Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

Approximately 6% of employees work part time. 7% of computer specialists have ended up working for themlseves.


Area Job Conditions

Jobs for this occupation are more popular (on a per capita basis) in Carson City (Nevada) Salem (Oregon) and Warner Robins (Georgia) and less popular in Cape Coral (Florida) Gary (Indiana) and Rochester (New York).

Without adjusting for the cost of living computer specialists get paid the most in Washington (District of Columbia) Atlantic City (New Jersey) and Pascagoula (Mississippi) and the least in Muskegon (Michigan) Provo (Utah) and Lakeland (Florida).


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column — for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

State City / Region Typical Salary Salary Range Job Count % of All Jobs
AK Anchorage $87860 $54K – $110K 310 0.18%
AK Fairbanks $83130 $64K – $100K 90 0.24%
AL Birmingham – Hoover $73190 $49K – $104K 310 0.06%
AL Huntsville N/A N/A – N/A 550 0.27%
AL Mobile N/A N/A – N/A 50 0.03%
AL Montgomery $82570 $65K – $104K 630 0.40%
AL Tuscaloosa $75680 $54K – $97K N/A N/A
AR Fayetteville – Springdale – Rogers $54120 $24K – $113K 130 0.06%
AR Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway $61310 $21K – $90K 310 0.09%
AR Pine Bluff $65280 $26K – $95K N/A N/A
AZ Phoenix – Mesa – Glendale $60410 $39K – $100K 1100 0.06%
AZ Tucson $67270 $40K – $95K 210 0.06%
CA Bakersfield – Delano $83800 $49K – $106K 470 0.17%
CA Fresno $73190 $32K – $97K 200 0.06%
CA Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area) $75770 $31K – $117K 2770 0.07%
CA Oakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area) $89770 $36K – $130K 1290 0.13%
CA Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura $91960 $45K – $115K 370 0.13%
CA Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario $69190 $49K – $107K 690 0.06%
CA Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville $81030 $44K – $127K 1250 0.15%
CA Salinas $92320 $64K – $126K 350 0.22%
CA San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos $88780 $54K – $116K 2200 0.17%
CA San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area) $95150 $53K – $137K 2230 0.22%
CA San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara $81450 $49K – $137K 2790 0.31%
CA Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area) $75060 $36K – $120K 1530 0.11%
CA Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta $66590 $38K – $112K 60 0.04%
CA Santa Cruz – Watsonville $54780 $31K – $119K 40 0.05%
CA Santa Rosa – Petaluma $92590 $70K – $138K 60 0.04%
CA Stockton $88340 $70K – $113K 60 0.03%
CA Vallejo – Fairfield $86090 $44K – $123K 90 0.07%
CO Boulder $101160 $49K – N/A 790 0.50%
CO Colorado Springs $75670 $54K – $106K 950 0.39%
CO Denver – Aurora – Broomfield $83780 $46K – $117K 3470 0.28%
CO Fort Collins – Loveland $90730 $51K – $114K 380 0.29%
CO Grand Junction $71220 $56K – $90K 40 0.07%
CO Pueblo $69230 $49K – $90K 30 0.06%
CT Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk $90900 $65K – $118K 190 0.05%
CT Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford $85510 $52K – $121K 810 0.15%
CT New Haven $83120 $52K – $113K 220 0.08%
CT Norwich – New London $82260 $22K – $116K 90 0.07%
DC Washington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area) $106830 $68K – $137K 19850 0.85%
DE Wilmington (Metro Area) $74220 $52K – $107K 240 0.08%
FL Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area) $36010 $18K – $93K 350 0.05%
FL Gainesville $75670 $54K – $106K 60 0.05%
FL Jacksonville $73180 $29K – $101K 450 0.08%
FL Lakeland – Winter Haven $77540 $46K – $108K N/A N/A
FL Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area) $80240 $42K – $110K 310 0.03%
FL Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford $68440 $41K – $103K 920 0.09%
FL Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville $69230 $46K – $95K 300 0.15%
FL Pensacola – Ferry Pass – Brent $84540 $59K – $106K 270 0.18%
FL Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater $78000 $47K – $106K 1070 0.10%
FL West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area) $71200 $38K – $104K 100 0.02%
GA Albany N/A N/A – N/A 120 0.19%
GA Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta $86290 $50K – $129K 2700 0.12%
GA Augusta – Richmond County $73390 $58K – $101K 310 0.15%
GA Columbus $68810 $56K – $89K 130 0.12%
GA Hinesville – Fort Stewart $63290 $54K – $89K 120 0.71%
GA Macon $89440 $69K – $113K 100 0.10%
GA Savannah $64850 $38K – $93K 120 0.08%
GA Warner Robins $73180 $48K – $89K 320 0.57%
HI Honolulu $84140 $50K – $109K 1400 0.32%
IA Ames $61310 $25K – $90K 90 0.23%
IA Cedar Rapids $70290 $33K – $102K 170 0.13%
IA Davenport – Moline – Rock Island $75680 $31K – $101K 220 0.12%
IA Des Moines – West Des Moines $61430 $40K – $89K 370 0.12%
IA Iowa City $61310 $18K – $83K 60 0.07%
IA Waterloo – Cedar Falls $52860 $25K – $76K 60 0.07%
ID Boise City – Nampa $71210 $46K – $97K 240 0.09%
IL Bloomington – Normal $68000 $34K – $115K 450 0.52%
IL Champaign – Urbana $77400 $50K – $115K 190 0.20%
IL Chicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area) $80280 $31K – $122K 10810 0.30%
IL Danville $63420 $45K – $103K 30 0.13%
IL Decatur $71190 $48K – $96K 40 0.07%
IL Lake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area) $70350 $37K – $105K 700 0.19%
IL Rockford $29780 $25K – $75K 160 0.11%
IL Springfield $90650 $58K – $114K 1320 1.23%
IN Bloomington $60850 $45K – $86K 60 0.08%
IN Columbus $92420 $62K – $118K 60 0.13%
IN Evansville $48730 $23K – $76K 150 0.09%
IN Fort Wayne $60920 $35K – $91K 150 0.07%
IN Gary (Metro Area) $55280 $16K – $110K 60 0.02%
IN Indianapolis – Carmel $76040 $45K – $107K 1510 0.17%
IN Lafayette $62760 $45K – $89K N/A N/A
IN South Bend – Mishawaka $72320 $23K – $109K N/A N/A
IN Terre Haute $85770 $51K – $117K N/A N/A
KS Manhattan $63290 $54K – $87K 120 0.24%
KS Wichita $71110 $59K – $90K 240 0.08%
KY Bowling Green $71240 $49K – $109K N/A N/A
KY Elizabethtown $75680 $59K – $97K 570 1.25%
KY Lexington – Fayette $72710 $50K – $100K 180 0.07%
KY Louisville – Jefferson County $56290 $34K – $99K 1050 0.18%
LA Alexandria $73400 $58K – $92K 60 0.09%
LA Baton Rouge $51810 $26K – $80K 160 0.04%
LA Lafayette $46520 $28K – $107K 70 0.05%
LA New Orleans – Metairie – Kenner $79870 $32K – $106K 1050 0.20%
LA Shreveport – Bossier City $73070 $63K – $98K 70 0.04%
MA Barnstable Town $81580 $67K – $107K 90 0.10%
MA Boston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area) $91010 $57K – $125K 2580 0.15%
MA Brockton – Bridgewater – Easton (Metro Area) $73000 $48K – $113K 50 0.05%
MA Framingham (Metro Area) $82650 $56K – $114K 220 0.14%
MA Haverhill – North Andover – Amesbury (Metro Area) $78180 $39K – $136K 60 0.07%
MA Lawrence – Methuen – Salem (Metro Area) $75430 $46K – $105K 30 0.05%
MA Lowell – Billerica – Chelmsford (Metro Area) $97800 $62K – $131K 220 0.19%
MA Peabody (Metro Area) $81330 $40K – $113K 40 0.04%
MA Springfield $69620 $43K – $105K 130 0.05%
MA Worcester $68660 $44K – $108K N/A N/A
MD Baltimore – Towson $97340 $65K – $123K 6270 0.50%
MD Bethesda – Rockville – Frederick (Metro Area) $106450 $55K – $137K 3150 0.56%
MD Cumberland $20980 $17K – $67K 40 0.12%
MD Hagerstown – Martinsburg $97930 $66K – $123K 730 0.74%
ME Bangor $65290 $45K – $87K 40 0.06%
ME Portland – South Portland – Biddeford $63280 $39K – $101K 100 0.05%
MI Ann Arbor $65760 $35K – $113K 360 0.19%
MI Battle Creek $70230 $45K – $89K N/A N/A
MI Detroit – Livonia – Dearborn (Metro Area) $88130 $51K – $126K 1560 0.22%
MI Flint $55640 $28K – $73K 140 0.11%
MI Grand Rapids – Wyoming $61330 $34K – $108K 630 0.16%
MI Holland – Grand Haven $55580 $22K – $82K 60 0.05%
MI Jackson $55290 $34K – $81K 60 0.12%
MI Kalamazoo – Portage $56860 $39K – $80K 90 0.07%
MI Lansing – East Lansing $59180 $43K – $80K 1430 0.73%
MI Saginaw – Saginaw Township North $55830 $35K – $84K 80 0.09%
MI Warren – Troy – Farmington Hills (Metro Area) $74370 $40K – $108K 1480 0.14%
MN Duluth $61240 $40K – $90K 140 0.11%
MN Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington $74380 $45K – $117K 6010 0.34%
MN Rochester $61790 $42K – $85K 370 0.37%
MN St. Cloud $57920 $34K – $92K 120 0.12%
MO Columbia $69970 $33K – $93K 70 0.08%
MO Jefferson City $71220 $52K – $95K 50 0.08%
MO Kansas City $84860 $56K – $106K 1340 0.14%
MO Springfield $56050 $34K – $90K 110 0.06%
MO St. Louis $80270 $49K – $106K 1760 0.14%
MS Gulfport – Biloxi $73180 $58K – $101K 250 0.24%
MS Jackson $73180 $56K – $93K 140 0.06%
MT Billings $80280 $59K – $104K 60 0.07%
MT Great Falls $61310 $44K – $85K 60 0.10%
NC Asheville $89440 $56K – $126K 100 0.06%
NC Charlotte – Gastonia – Rock Hill $82740 $34K – $119K 450 0.05%
NC Durham – Chapel Hill $92770 $45K – $126K 670 0.24%
NC Greensboro – High Point $77130 $50K – $113K 90 0.03%
NC Raleigh – Cary $67530 $45K – $107K 830 0.16%
NC Wilmington $68100 $42K – $106K 40 0.03%
NC Winston – Salem $43940 $28K – $102K 60 0.03%
ND Bismarck $64840 $47K – $80K 120 0.19%
ND Fargo $63270 $37K – $90K 110 0.09%
ND Grand Forks $52740 $32K – $111K 40 0.07%
NE Lincoln N/A N/A – N/A 100 0.06%
NE Omaha – Council Bluffs $75670 $54K – $100K 570 0.13%
NH Manchester $87760 $56K – $160K 150 0.15%
NH Nashua (Metro Area) $77650 $34K – $170K 280 0.22%
NH Portsmouth $82740 $55K – $104K 180 0.32%
NH Rochester – Dover $69020 $35K – $105K 80 0.15%
NJ Atlantic City – Hammonton $101850 $56K – $131K 590 0.43%
NJ Camden (Metro Area) $66880 $41K – $97K 870 0.18%
NJ Edison – New Brunswick (Metro Area) $76250 $37K – $130K 2440 0.25%
NJ Newark – Union (Metro Area) $75500 $40K – $120K 1790 0.19%
NJ Trenton – Ewing $70110 $43K – $115K 630 0.29%
NM Albuquerque N/A N/A – N/A 540 0.15%
NM Las Cruces $75680 $59K – $90K 70 0.11%
NM Santa Fe $73180 $54K – $101K 70 0.12%
NV Carson City $64750 $42K – $87K 360 1.38%
NV Las Vegas – Paradise $63290 $37K – $95K 1290 0.16%
NV Reno – Sparks $57640 $36K – $86K 480 0.25%
NY Albany – Schenectady – Troy $78740 $47K – $107K 380 0.09%
NY Buffalo – Niagara Falls $70360 $45K – $101K 440 0.08%
NY Nassau – Suffolk (Metro Area) $78450 $45K – $117K 330 0.03%
NY New York – White Plains – Wayne (Metro Area) $75430 $44K – $119K 4840 0.09%
NY Rochester $78890 $35K – $121K 180 0.04%
NY Syracuse $69220 $54K – $95K 130 0.04%
NY Utica – Rome $71100 $59K – $89K 30 0.03%
OH Akron $74290 $43K – $117K N/A N/A
OH Canton – Massillon $65930 $41K – $101K 30 0.02%
OH Cincinnati – Middletown $81980 $42K – $129K 1420 0.14%
OH Cleveland – Elyria – Mentor $80270 $40K – $111K 1820 0.18%
OH Columbus $84720 $54K – $109K 1790 0.20%
OH Dayton $79070 $58K – $111K 1100 0.30%
OH Mansfield $71130 $51K – $99K 50 0.11%
OH Springfield $76410 $51K – $114K N/A N/A
OH Toledo $72600 $41K – $115K 160 0.05%
OH Youngstown – Warren – Boardman $62050 $42K – $91K 70 0.03%
OK Oklahoma City N/A N/A – N/A 850 0.15%
OK Tulsa $73080 $37K – $104K 140 0.03%
OR Bend $63660 $41K – $90K 120 0.20%
OR Corvallis $59070 $48K – $90K 110 0.34%
OR Eugene – Springfield $53540 $19K – $86K 390 0.28%
OR Medford $53850 $23K – $92K 170 0.23%
OR Portland – Vancouver – Hillsboro $78120 $46K – $119K 3150 0.31%
OR Salem $71730 $51K – $91K 740 0.52%
PA Allentown – Bethlehem – Easton $92680 $61K – $134K 550 0.16%
PA Altoona $67250 $50K – $98K 30 0.06%
PA Harrisburg – Carlisle $77990 $53K – $101K 1480 0.48%
PA Lancaster $64820 $32K – $97K N/A N/A
PA Lebanon $65290 $46K – $85K 90 0.18%
PA Philadelphia (Metro Area) $85650 $52K – $113K 1570 0.09%
PA Pittsburgh $70220 $42K – $112K 860 0.08%
PA Scranton – Wilkes – Barre $61180 $21K – $93K 190 0.08%
PA York – Hanover $82370 $56K – $104K 220 0.13%
PR San Juan – Caguas – Guaynabo $55090 $25K – $98K 500 0.07%
RI Providence – Fall River – Warwick $71480 $40K – $107K 620 0.11%
SC Charleston – North Charleston – Summerville $77990 $42K – $106K 620 0.21%
SD Sioux Falls $68820 $45K – $85K 60 0.04%
TN Chattanooga $45760 $32K – $91K 100 0.05%
TN Clarksville $68820 $56K – $89K 160 0.20%
TN Johnson City $57640 $33K – $89K 60 0.07%
TN Knoxville $61320 $36K – $103K 260 0.08%
TN Memphis $75670 $52K – $104K 660 0.11%
TN Nashville – Davidson – Murfreesboro – Franklin $60850 $35K – $101K 500 0.07%
TX Amarillo $69230 $34K – $116K 70 0.07%
TX Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos $85720 $44K – $114K 1550 0.19%
TX College Station – Bryan $55100 $41K – $88K 100 0.11%
TX Corpus Christi $67250 $54K – $89K 180 0.10%
TX Dallas – Plano – Irving (Metro Area) $89910 $59K – $136K 3890 0.19%
TX El Paso $65290 $33K – $91K 250 0.09%
TX Fort Worth – Arlington (Metro Area) $80490 $38K – $134K 700 0.08%
TX Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown $79780 $36K – $117K 1650 0.06%
TX Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood $68820 $54K – $96K 320 0.26%
TX Laredo N/A N/A – N/A 50 0.06%
TX McAllen – Edinburg – Mission $37480 $19K – $85K 60 0.03%
TX Midland $23090 $17K – $81K 40 0.05%
TX San Antonio – New Braunfels $75680 $49K – $102K 2370 0.28%
TX Texarkana – Texarkana $75170 $56K – $89K 50 0.09%
TX Tyler $36670 $28K – $79K N/A N/A
TX Waco $61230 $27K – $101K 90 0.09%
TX Wichita Falls $61310 $21K – $77K N/A N/A
UT Ogden – Clearfield $81810 $59K – $104K 850 0.43%
UT Provo – Orem $23460 $17K – $76K 150 0.08%
UT Salt Lake City $69700 $30K – $102K 700 0.11%
VA Charlottesville $95460 $69K – $112K 80 0.08%
VA Richmond $84250 $58K – $109K 580 0.10%
VA Virginia Beach – Norfolk – Newport News $80270 $58K – $106K 2110 0.29%
VT Burlington – South Burlington $82560 $57K – $111K 250 0.21%
WA Bremerton – Silverdale $83200 $63K – $105K 350 0.44%
WA Kennewick – Pasco – Richland $72820 $42K – $102K 100 0.10%
WA Olympia $68120 $61K – $78K 110 0.12%
WA Seattle – Bellevue – Everett (Metro Area) $92680 $36K – $141K 4080 0.29%
WA Spokane $63290 $32K – $90K 230 0.12%
WA Tacoma (Metro Area) $67380 $19K – $95K 460 0.18%
WI Green Bay $74660 $43K – $108K 90 0.05%
WI Madison $66230 $36K – $98K 270 0.08%
WI Milwaukee – Waukesha – West Allis $67710 $36K – $104K 540 0.07%
WV Charleston $63290 $28K – $93K 100 0.07%
WV Huntington – Ashland $75160 $45K – $100K 60 0.05%
WV Morgantown $79150 $63K – $106K N/A N/A
WV Parkersburg – Marietta – Vienna $80280 $59K – $101K 310 0.46%
WY Cheyenne N/A N/A – N/A 80 0.19%

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