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How Much Does a Specialist Earn In The United States?

Specialist Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
$36,000
$62,000
$106,000
Specialists in the United States make an average salary of $62,469 per year or $30.03 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $36,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $106,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New York provide the highest specialist salaries.
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Where Specialists Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where specialists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Specialists Earn In Different Cities?

While a specialist can average a salary of $62,469 per year, or $30.03 per hour, there are many opportunities for specialists to make more. For example, in Boston, MA you might make $78,922 per year. Other high-paying locations include Jersey City, NJ, Washington, DC and New York, NY. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Boston, MA where the average starting salary is $39,000. The highest paying states for specialists include Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. Meanwhile, Mississippi, Kansas, and Oklahoma offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary
Boston, MA
Salary Range54k - 114k$79k$78,922
Jersey City, NJ
Salary Range54k - 110k$77k$77,246
Washington, DC
Salary Range52k - 103k$73k$73,462
New York, NY
Salary Range49k - 101k$71k$70,925
Philadelphia, PA
Salary Range46k - 93k$66k$66,101
Chicago, IL
Salary Range42k - 84k$60k$59,620
Baltimore, MD
Salary Range41k - 83k$59k$58,805
Richmond, VA
Salary Range41k - 82k$59k$58,539
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range40k - 80k$57k$57,157
San Antonio, TX
Salary Range39k - 78k$56k$55,798
$29k
$114k

High Paying Specialist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Specialists The Most?

To earn a high income as a specialist, working for CITGO Petroleum or BP America might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like McKinsey & Company and Hess report highly competitive salaries for specialists.
Company
Company
Average Salary
CITGO Petroleum
Salary Range138k - 169k$153k$152,948
BP America
Salary Range136k - 168k$152k$151,510
McKinsey & Company Inc
Salary Range138k - 155k$147k$146,620
Hess
Salary Range130k - 163k$146k$146,160
Graphic Packaging International
Salary Range123k - 139k$131k$131,457
Publicis Sapient
Salary Range107k - 135k$120k$120,368
Air Liquide
Salary Range106k - 123k$114k$114,495
Johnson Controls
Salary Range103k - 125k$114k$114,040
Nestlé
Salary Range103k - 125k$114k$113,941
LyondellBasell
Salary Range104k - 121k$113k$112,896
$87k
$169k

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How would you rate the starting salaries for graduates in this field, as well as the salary prospects down the line as they advance in their careers?

Del Ross

Chief Revenue Officer, Hotel Effectiveness

In 2019, the Assistant General Manager position was one of the highest turnover roles in every hotel. With low unemployment, tomorrow's industry leaders' best and brightest were routinely leaving the hotel business to pursue careers in other areas. As a result, there will be many opportunities for new graduates and increased competition for this talent as the economy and the hotel business recovers from COVID19. While starting salaries and wage rates for hotel staff will remain low, compared to other industries, new hires' growth potential will be unprecedented. We expect a modest increase in starting wages over the next 24 months, followed by an acceleration of the promotion cycle to fill the gap in management depth created before the pandemic even began.

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How would you rate the starting salaries for graduates in this field, as well as the salary prospects down the line as they advance in their careers?

Philip Bailey

Assistant Professor of Business; Director of the MBA Program, Carson-Newman a Christian University

The starting salaries in entry-level marketing jobs are very comparable to other professional careers. The entry-level jobs usually have a modest salary with good benefits. I encourage our graduates to sharpen their skills in these jobs for about 18 months, and then move on to more responsibilities and more money. This industry reward success and experience. As the number of opportunities increased, the entry-level positions have more experienced marketing manager positions. The outlook for marketing as a long-term career is bright indeed.

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Specialist Salary History

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    How Experience Affects Specialist Salaries

    The salary for a specialist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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