What does a Support Technician do?

Support technicians provide a range of IT support services to assist users with issues and repairs. They often work as part of a helpdesk team, and frequently specialize in certain types of equipment or programs. Most commonly, technicians provide this support remotely either by phone or using an online tool, but some services may provide in-the-field technicians who perform onsite service and repairs. Technicians can assist with installation, setup, upgrades, program functions and features, and troubleshooting. They can also assist with malware and other virus issues, and can recommend safety protocol.

Support technicians typically have a high school diploma, although additional training or education is helpful. They must have extensive experience with common tech support questions and concerns, and be able to explain information in easy to understand terms. Experience using remote assistance tools is an advantage.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Support Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$47,125 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$31K
Median: $47K
$72K
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Support Technician Career Path

Learn how to become a Support Technician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Support Technician Insights

Read what Support Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
TEKsystemsTEKsystems
Deskside Support Technician
Dec. 8, 2021

“Mine became complacent and once i was stuck somewhere that was paying her salary she just stopped.”

Nexus Vehicle Rental
Support Services
Nov. 6, 2019

“The Senior Management Team were great with me and provided me with the skills I needed to further my career.”

Instinct InnovationsInstinct Innovations
Software Support Executive
Dec. 4, 2020

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

Lifetime TrainingLifetime Training
Support Services
Sep. 27, 2019

“Lots of career development and growth opportunities if you are keen to take accountability and develop yourself.”

AmazonAmazon
IT Support Technician
Jan. 3, 2021

“If you are in Operations you have more training opportunities to grow and advance in your career.”

Galt FoundationGalt Foundation
Desktop Support Technician
Aug. 31, 2020

“worst communication i have ever seen no idea when my contract was going to change but it seemed to change weekly”

Henry ScheinHenry Schein
Support Technician LV
Aug. 13, 2019

“I get 160 hours of PTO however it accrues month to build up to it which is still good.”

Digital Transformation AgencyDigital Transformation Agency
IT Support Technician
Aug. 5, 2021

“There is no career progression unless you have worked in the APS for the last 50 years.”

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Support Technician Interviews

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a support technician

When working as a support technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Windows Operating Systems, Microsoft Office Suite, Laptops, Active Directory and Windows 10.

The most similar professions to support technician are:
  • Support Specialist
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Helpdesk Technician

The most common qualifications to become a support technician is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.