Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

15-1041 Computer Support Specialists

Provide technical assistance to computer system users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone or from remote location. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. Exclude "Network and Computer Systems Administrators" (15-1071).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
540,560 0.8 % $22.77 $47,360 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.08 $16.50 $21.30 $27.54 $34.95
Annual Wage (2) $27,200 $34,320 $44,300 $57,290 $72,690


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 102,410 $23.00 $47,850
Elementary and Secondary Schools 30,520 $20.82 $43,310
Management of Companies and Enterprises 29,940 $23.83 $49,570
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 25,160 $21.81 $45,370
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 21,080 $25.23 $52,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 750 $34.26 $71,270
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 250 $33.04 $68,710
Natural Gas Distribution 260 $30.62 $63,690
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 3,890 $29.70 $61,780
Postal Service 110 $29.58 $61,530


State profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Utah 7,510 $20.59 $42,830 6.331
District of Columbia 3,970 $27.85 $57,920 6.238
Idaho 3,590 $19.31 $40,160 5.838
Massachusetts 17,960 $28.96 $60,230 5.666
Colorado 12,070 $24.90 $51,790 5.403

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 17,960 $28.96 $60,230 5.666
District of Columbia 3,970 $27.85 $57,920 6.238
Connecticut 6,540 $26.89 $55,920 3.967
Delaware 1,750 $26.27 $54,630 4.236
California 60,730 $25.52 $53,080 4.179


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,690 $32.23 $67,040 10.734
Coeur d'Alene, ID 580 $18.84 $39,190 10.684
Provo-Orem, UT 1,680 $17.38 $36,140 9.731
Boise City-Nampa, ID 2,250 $19.37 $40,290 8.539
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 940 $22.65 $47,120 8.442

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 6,710 $32.67 $67,950 7.553
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 1,690 $32.23 $67,040 10.734
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 11,680 $29.98 $62,360 6.930
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 5,490 $29.79 $61,960 5.590
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 2,600 $28.96 $60,240 4.618


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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