The salary and benefits of being a computer technician

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The salary and benefits of being a computer technician
A basic tool of a computer technician. (computer image by fotografiche.eu from Fotolia.com)

The salary of a computer technician varies significantly. One of the most prominent factors of a technician’s salary is experience level—those with more experience generally have higher salaries. Various certifications are also a factor.

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Experience

In 2010, computer technicians with less than one year of experience have a salary range of £18,070 to £26,195. Those with one to four years of experience have a salary range of £19,565 to £26,975; for five to nine years, £23,010 to £32,630; for 10 to 19 years, £25,025 to £35,750; for those with 20 years and up, £26,260 to £40,625 according to Pay Scale.

City

As of 2010, computer technicians working in New York City have a salary range of £23,855 to £37,960, and those working in Chicago have a range of £22,685 to £32,565. Those working in Houston and Dallas have ranges of £20,800 to £34,060 and £22,295 to £30,810, respectively. According to Pay Scale, Atlanta computer technicians have a salary range of £24,635 to £33,670 while those working in Washington, D.C., have a range of £28,405 to £39,520. Lastly, those working in Boston have a salary range of £25,805 to £38,415.

Certification

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, certifications can help a computer technician attain an entry-level job in the field, although they are not always required. Salaries may vary based on the type of certification that a technician acquires. The following is a list of certifications and their salary ranges according to PayScale.com:

A+ Service Technician: £22,100 to £32,370

Network+ Service Technician: £22,165 to £32,110

Microsoft Certified Professional: £23,205 to £33,345

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: £24,570 to £37,635

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: £22,620 to £34,125

Microsoft Windows NT: £24,375 to £38,480

Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet: £24,960 to £38,415

Cisco Certified Network Associate: £22,750 to £33,865

Cisco Certified Network Professional: £22,815 to £35,750

Certified Novell Administrator: £25,285 to £39,390

Benefits

There are several benefits that computer technicians may have. According to Pay Scale, these include paid holidays and vacation, a 401(k), paid sick leave, life and disability insurance, and a cell phone allowance. Other benefits may include the opportunity to dress casually and to work in a causal atmosphere, and reimbursement for relevant education, training, tuition or certifications.

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