These Are The 10 Highest Technical Support Specialist Salaries By State

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay technical support specialists the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 3 months ago




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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do technical support specialists get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for technical support specialists by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for technical support specialists by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for technical support specialists after this adjustment? That would be Computer User Support Specialists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Georgia
  2. Michigan
  3. Illinois
  4. Colorado
  5. Texas
  6. Delaware
  7. North Carolina
  8. Virginia
  9. Indiana
  10. Tennessee

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for technical support specialists from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $61820, so our index value would be:

$61,820 * (100 / 135.9) = $45,489

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for technical support specialists.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Technical Support Specialist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Georgia $58,566 $53,530 91.4
2 Michigan $58,056 $51,670 89.0
3 Illinois $57,832 $54,710 94.6
4 Colorado $57,822 $60,020 103.8
5 Texas $57,486 $52,140 90.7
6 Delaware $55,177 $55,950 101.4
7 North Carolina $55,133 $51,770 93.9
8 Virginia $54,791 $55,230 100.8
9 Indiana $54,525 $48,800 89.5
10 Tennessee $54,373 $48,610 89.4
11 Washington $53,669 $56,460 105.2
12 Minnesota $53,432 $53,860 100.8
13 North Dakota $53,068 $52,750 99.4
14 Missouri $52,378 $47,350 90.4
15 Wyoming $52,015 $47,750 91.8
16 Mississippi $51,816 $44,510 85.9
17 Alabama $51,392 $46,870 91.2
18 Pennsylvania $51,370 $52,090 101.4
19 Kentucky $51,270 $46,400 90.5
20 Nebraska $51,135 $46,840 91.6
21 Wisconsin $51,095 $49,460 96.8
22 Oklahoma $50,795 $45,310 89.2
23 Arizona $50,683 $49,670 98.0
24 Kansas $50,111 $45,050 89.9
25 Utah $50,075 $46,570 93.0
26 Ohio $49,669 $46,590 93.8
27 Nevada $49,099 $50,720 103.3
28 West Virginia $48,886 $45,660 93.4
29 New Jersey $48,523 $59,150 121.9
30 Louisiana $48,481 $45,960 94.8
31 Iowa $48,450 $44,090 91.0
32 New Hampshire $47,350 $55,400 117.0
33 Massachusetts $46,799 $62,430 133.4
34 Florida $46,765 $45,970 98.3
35 South Carolina $46,532 $46,160 99.2
36 Arkansas $46,326 $40,350 87.1
37 California $45,489 $61,820 135.9
38 New Mexico $45,336 $43,750 96.5
39 Maine $45,144 $50,020 110.8
40 Rhode Island $45,028 $54,350 120.7
41 Vermont $44,649 $54,070 121.1
42 Oregon $44,619 $51,580 115.6
43 Montana $44,613 $44,970 100.8
44 Idaho $44,581 $41,060 92.1
45 Connecticut $44,385 $56,680 127.7
46 Alaska $43,745 $57,350 131.1
47 Maryland $43,282 $54,320 125.5
48 New York $43,137 $56,510 131.0
49 South Dakota $37,116 $38,490 103.7
50 Hawaii $28,308 $47,530 167.9

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