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    How much does a full-time PC technician make?

    I'm thinking about going back to school an either getting an AAS degree in Information Technology Support or a BBA in Information System. I already have many years of PC-related experience, A+ certification, and a BBA in Marketing. I haven't had luck getting a job as a PC technician even with my experience and certification but I don't know if it is worth it for me to go back to school for one of these degrees. How much does a full-time PC technician make? Do they get paid only a commission per a customer's computer regardless of how many hours they are on duty or do they get paid for the time they are clocked in?

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    Re: How much does a full-time PC technician make?

    So you're having issues getting a job in a computer store building and fixing computers?

    I'm not sure why you need any special qualifications for the job. Other than not becoming suicidal after the fist customer.

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    Re: How much does a full-time PC technician make?

    I did it fulltime (40hrs/week) as a summer job when I was still @ Uni, and they payed 1600 per month which was about 1100 after tax. Thats not much but for a student it was alot. I loved the job.

    Btw, it was for a large insurance company, so there was no direct customer support, only with employees of the company.

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    Re: How much does a full-time PC technician make?

    When I was a tech in Maryland, I made $40K a year. No degree.

    I worked for a company, so all customers were internal. Payed by the hour.

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    Re: How much does a full-time PC technician make?

    Are we talking a bench technician (load Windows, clean up viruses & spyware) or a service technician that does on-site work as well as network installations, troubleshooting etc?

    Your basic bench tech makes squat. Anywhere from minimum wage to about $11/hr is normal. A service technician will make more and some work on commission. The service techs I know make anywhere from $13 to $20/hr depending on their skill set.

    Edit: Btw, this is in Michigan, but I imagine it's similar in Texas with a little more being made in the City.
    Last edited by idchoppers; January 13, 2009 at 20:07.

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    Re: How much does a full-time PC technician make?

    Quote Originally posted by idchoppers View Post
    Are we talking a bench technician (load Windows, clean up viruses & spyware) or a service technician that does on-site work as well as network installations, troubleshooting etc?

    Your basic bench tech makes squat. Anywhere from minimum wage to about $11/hr is normal. A service technician will make more and some work on commission. The service techs I know make anywhere from $13 to $20/hr depending on their skill set.

    Edit: Btw, this is in Michigan, but I imagine it's similar in Texas with a little more being made in the City.
    Do these service technicians get paid for travel time to perform on-site work?

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    Re: How much does a full-time PC technician make?

    Some do some don't. Personally I didn't but travel expenses were tax deductible at least.

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    Re: How much does a full-time PC technician make?

    Nowhere near as much as I should do.

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    Re: How much does a full-time PC technician make?

    Quote Originally posted by GamePlayer View Post
    Do these service technicians get paid for travel time to perform on-site work?
    The ones I know, yes. They are regular hourly workers with some on-call time.

    When I was a service tech I was paid by the hour, including travel time, plus I used my own vehicle so I was paid mileage. It was nice not being stuck in an office all the time.

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    Re: How much does a full-time PC technician make?

    Quote Originally posted by idchoppers View Post

    When I was a service tech I was paid by the hour, including travel time, plus I used my own vehicle so I was paid mileage. It was nice not being stuck in an office all the time.
    Same for me. I'm an IT tech for a Probation Office so I travel around to all the offices we have (in 5 states) and I get paid mileage and reimbursed for any equipment or material I need. My company even just bought me a new personal Laptop because my old one got damaged.


    But I find it funny how people compare their earnings without consideration for Cost of Living. My normal salary atm is around 37k not including some other incomes. But I live in Georgia where the cost of living is lower. Equivalently I make probably over 50k if I was in some of the northern states.

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