Here you will see a snapshot of what kind of salary you can expect to earn in common professions that students enter into after graduating from computer technology school. In short, the highest-paying industries for computer-related professions are those related to finances or energy, such as oil and natural gas. Unfortunately, none of the highest-paying industries employ a large amount of workers, compared to other types of companies.
Computer programmers, on average, make about $78,260 a year, which is the equivalent of $37.63 an hour. The lowest 10% of earners make roughly $20.60 an hour, which translates to $42.850 a year. People who have been in the industry a while and work in high-paying industries can make it into the top 10% of earners and bring home $117,860 a year, or $56.68 an hour. Interestingly enough, you will make the most as a computer programmer (an average of $113,760 a year), if you work in the animal slaughtering and processing industry. Other high-paying industries are securities and commodities companies that deal with intermediation and brokerage; investment pools and funds; deep sea, coastal, and great lakes water transportation; and other financial investment industries. Unfortunately, none of these industries are on the list for the types of companies that employ the highest levels of computer programmers. People in this profession most often work for companies that design computer systems, for software publishers, are involved in management of companies, for employment services, or for insurance carriers.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
People in this profession average a salary of about $76,320 a year, or $36.69 an hour. If you are just starting out and are in the lowest 10% of earners, however, you will only make approximately $44,330 a year, or $21.31 per hour. People in the 90th percentile and above as far as wages are concerned, on the other hand, make $115,180 or more annually, which is the same as $55.38 per hour. You will make the most money as a network/system administrator if you work in oil and gas extraction, where salaries average $103,560 annually. Other high-paying industries are petroleum and coal products manufacturing, financial investments activities, securities and commodities companies that deal with intermediation and brokerage, and automotive equipment leasing and rental. Again, none of these industries make the cut for the types of companies that employ the most people in this profession. Industries that employ a lot of network and computer systems administrators include companies that design computer systems; companies and enterprises involved in management; universities, colleges, and professional schools; elementary and secondary schools; and wired telecommunications carriers.
Computer User Support Specialists
The average salary for a computer user support specialist is $46,420 annually, or $22.32 an hour. People in the lowest 10% of earners only make $27,620 a year, or $13.28 an hour, while the highest 10% of earners make more than $77,430 annually, or $37.23 an hour. You will make the most as a user support specialist if you work for investment pools and funds ($73,670 annually, on average), in electrical equipment and component manufacturing, in natural gas distribution, in oil and gas extraction, or in securities and commodity exchanges. However, most people in this profession work for companies that design computer systems; at elementary and secondary schools; companies involved in management; for professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers; or for colleges, universities, and professional schools.