Consulting Director Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Consulting Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $147K per year. Total cash compensation to Consulting Directors approaches anywhere from $102K on the lower end to $222K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $41K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Consulting Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Consulting Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$96,988 - $187,809
MEDIAN: $146,901

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$96,988 - $187,809  
$2,219 - $41,112  
Profit Sharing
$3,548 - $19,771  
$5,000 - $40,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$102,209 - $221,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 327
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Job Description for Consulting Director

Consulting directors are responsible for effectively managing projects, providing solutions design, and implementing and generating project results for their organization. They are in charge of identifying, creating, and delivering innovative service strategies and tools to generate revenue opportunities related to new and existing clients. One of their main functions includes leading and coordinating team efforts in data gathering and analysis to increase company profitability. They collaborate in project planning and execution, as well as collect feedback after project deployment.


Consulting Director Tasks

  • Coordinate with vendors, other departments, and internal teams to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Create project plans, deliverables, and timelines to meet customer needs.
  • Develop and manage a team of consultants as well as the customer experience from sales to execution.
  • Provide guidance during difficult situations and when deadlines are missed.

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Popular Skills for Consulting Director

Survey results show that Consulting Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Business Strategy, Strategy, and IT Consulting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 16 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people who know Business Development also know IT Consulting.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Consulting Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 10 percent above the national average. Consulting Directors will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+10 percent), New York (+9 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Boston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Denver and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Consulting Director Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Consulting Director Salaries

Business Strategy
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up arrow 16%

IT Consulting
up arrow 6%

Business Development
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Consulting Management

National Average

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.


21 %
79 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 3%