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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Specialist Salary

$59,021 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$28.38 hourly

Entry level Salary
$36,000 yearly
$36,000
10 %
$59,021
Median
$94,000
90 %

How much does a Specialist make?

Specialists make $59,021 per year on average, or $28.38 per hour, in the United States. Specialists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $36,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $94,000.

Location impacts how much a specialist can expect to make. Specialists make the most in New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.

Highest Paying States For Specialists

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

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Specialist average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Delaware$73,518$35.35844
2District of Columbia$72,395$34.811,881
3Massachusetts$70,102$33.706,030
4Rhode Island$69,849$33.58740
5New Jersey$75,515$36.314,325
6Hawaii$65,020$31.26776
7New York$72,158$34.697,168
8Virginia$65,413$31.456,046
9Pennsylvania$69,329$33.336,242
10California$66,345$31.9018,008
11Connecticut$72,199$34.711,750
12Illinois$63,466$30.517,267
13Texas$64,053$30.7911,049
14North Carolina$59,733$28.725,600
15West Virginia$63,055$30.31811
16Michigan$60,438$29.064,305
17Maryland$55,840$26.854,588
18Georgia$58,247$28.005,686
19Vermont$51,182$24.61656
20Nevada$51,432$24.731,284
21Arizona$50,516$24.294,229
22Indiana$54,978$26.433,476
23Wisconsin$51,662$24.843,062
24Mississippi$49,531$23.811,278
25Ohio$53,516$25.734,924
26Washington$52,675$25.324,386
27New Mexico$50,472$24.271,123
28Maine$46,795$22.501,011
29New Hampshire$50,011$24.041,051
30Minnesota$49,377$23.744,257
31Alabama$51,720$24.872,249
32North Dakota$45,731$21.99680
33Oregon$49,099$23.612,573
34Missouri$49,300$23.703,308
35Alaska$46,259$22.24679
36Kentucky$48,656$23.391,969
37Florida$46,502$22.3610,339
38Louisiana$48,265$23.201,840
39Tennessee$46,941$22.573,280
40Iowa$45,198$21.732,309
41Utah$43,876$21.092,341
42Idaho$43,912$21.111,315
43South Carolina$48,831$23.482,205
44Arkansas$45,165$21.711,472
45Nebraska$42,830$20.591,466
46Montana$41,215$19.811,000
47Wyoming$41,222$19.82502
48Colorado$43,055$20.703,679
49South Dakota$42,768$20.56639
50Oklahoma$44,475$21.381,610
51Kansas$43,267$20.801,619

Highest Paying Cities For Specialists

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Jersey City, NJ$75,285$36.19
2New York, NY$72,657$34.93
3Washington, DC$72,428$34.82
4Boston, MA$69,940$33.63
5Philadelphia, PA$69,799$33.56
6San Francisco, CA$67,745$32.57
7San Antonio, TX$65,541$31.51
8Richmond, VA$65,289$31.39
9Urban Honolulu, HI$65,107$31.30
10Chicago, IL$63,795$30.67
11Raleigh, NC$60,775$29.22
12Alpharetta, GA$58,153$27.96
13Richmond, IN$56,082$26.96
14Baltimore, MD$55,950$26.90
15Columbus, OH$53,283$25.62

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Jersey City, NJ
  2. New York, NY
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Philadelphia, PA

How would you rate the starting salaries for Specialists, as well as the prospects for salary advancement?

Matthew McConn

Associate Professor of English Education, Department Chair, Binghamton University, SUNY

Here, in the state of New York, I think the salaries are competitive, depending on where you live.Show more

Which Companies Pay Specialists The Most?

The highest paying companies for specialists are Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company Inc according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Google and Microsoft report highly competitive wages for specialists.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Boston Consulting Group$158,200$76.0636
2McKinsey & Company Inc$149,860$72.05408
3Google$127,042$61.08178
4Microsoft$124,695$59.951176
5Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner$124,361$59.79
6Getty Images$120,858$58.107
7Meta$119,898$57.641301
8Publicis Sapient$116,958$56.237
9Citi$113,646$54.64223
10DCP Midstream$111,828$53.7622
11NVIDIA$111,257$53.494
12Adobe$110,509$53.1339
13Chevron$110,418$53.0925
14Redfin$110,132$52.954
15Twitter$109,691$52.744
16Autodesk$108,183$52.0160
17BNY Mellon$107,737$51.80160
18Barclays$106,879$51.3817
19Newpark$106,302$51.114
20Exxon Mobil$105,982$50.956

How Much Do Specialists Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a specialist salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The finance industry pays specialists an average salary of $79,325

  2. The technology industry pay $77,394

  3. The lowest paying industry for specialists is the education industry. Specialists in this industry earn an average salary of $48,973

Highest Paying Industries For Specialists

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Finance$79,325$38.14
2Technology$77,394$37.21
3Professional$74,251$35.70
4Manufacturing$64,626$31.07
5Health Care$56,472$27.15
6Retail$49,865$23.97
7Education$48,973$23.54

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Specialist Salary Trends

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.

Average Specialist Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Specialist Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$59,000$28.38+3.3%
    2021$57,100$27.44+2.3%
    2020$55,800$26.82+1.5%
    2019$54,900$26.41+1.6%
    2018$54,000$25.98+1.6%

    Recently Added Specialist Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    The Salvation ArmyAnti-Trafficking Peer SpecialistPhiladelphia, PA06/02/2022$36,001
    Nugget MarketsAdult Beverage SpecialistDavis, CA06/02/2022$41,740
    University of IdahoBudget SpecialistMoscow, ID06/02/2022$40,697
    Seneca CenterPermanency SpecialistSalinas, CA06/02/2022$43,827
    Capitol Region Watershed DistrictStormwater BMP SpecialistSaint Paul, MN06/01/2022$47,226
    Banner HealthPOS Charge SpecialistHudsonville, MI06/01/2022$40,133
    Banner HealthPOS Charge SpecialistKansas City, MO06/01/2022$40,133
    MastechServicenow SpecialistSanta Clara, CA06/01/2022$96,002
    Albany Charter School NetworkInnovation SpecialistLos Angeles, CA06/01/2022$75,000
    Westfall TechnikSinker EDM SpecialistWhite Bear Lake, MN06/01/2022$52,175

    Specialist Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Specialists the most?

    New Jersey pays Specialists the most in the United States, with an average salary of $75,515 per year, or $36.31 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Specialist?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Specialist if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Delaware you should be paid close to $73,518 per year.

    What type of Specialist gets paid the most?

    Product Specialist gets paid the most. Product Specialist made a median salary of $81,469. The best-paid 10 percent make $104,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $63,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Specialist?

    A good starting salary for a specialist is $36,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a specialist in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for specialists is $59,021, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a specialist can vary by state.

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