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What are typical desktop technician salaries? Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

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ComputerDude in North Chicago, IL

91 months ago

I am not sure where they get their numbers on this site. I am making $10,000 more than the average and jobs I am looking at now start at $5,000 or more above the average in my area.

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Tim in Portland, Oregon

60 months ago

ComputerDude in North Chicago, IL said: I am not sure where they get their numbers on this site. I am making $10,000 more than the average and jobs I am looking at now start at $5,000 or more above the average in my area.

It seems to be a really varied position. Some companies are trying to get by paying as little as they possible can. I've seen some companies seeking people with multiple certifications for $10. Other places have paid ~$50,000. There's just no way to answer the question.

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Rick in Walden, New York

53 months ago

A level II desktop support used to average from the late 40's to late 50's.
Now companies want to pay $4.00 above minimum wage.
It's disgusting.
I have worked in desktop support for 22 years and was recently laid off.
The position was outsourced.
The new contrator offered me my old job at half the salary.
No thank you.

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Johnny Carr in San Diego, California

18 months ago

In my first IT Desktop Support job, '05-'06) at a privately owned resort, I started at $14.75 (no benefits). As a student technician doing Desktop support at SDSU from '07-'09, I made $9.25 (no benefits). In my current role as IT Specialist '09-'12 which has basically been desktop support with a supervisory role, I make $16.75 with great benefits and some extra perks.

The last two jobs were for a non-profit auxiliary on a university campus.

Hope that helps.

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