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Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salary

Information Technology Consultants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $71K per year, with highly experienced workers pulling down $117K on average. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $80K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $101K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $117K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,629 - $112,802  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,406  
Profit Sharing
$307.23 - $9,963  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,696  
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).
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$42,466 - $132,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $99.22  
   
Overtime
$15.50 - $89.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,406  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,696  
Profit Sharing
$307.23 - $9,963  
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).
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$42,466 - $132,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,119
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Job Description for Information Technology (IT) Consultant

Information technology (IT) consultants work with clients to assist in their computer and other technology needs. IT consultants facilitate the development and implementation of improvements to IT systems used by the client. They also manage new installations of software and hardware as well as data migrations. In addition, IT consultants resolve computer system and network issues for clients. They are familiar with common computer software, hardware, the basics of computer networking, and are skilled in basic and advanced IT troubleshooting. The knowledge needed to work as an IT consultant can generally be obtained through an associate's degree in information technology or a related field. They may also take certification courses, and some employers will accept sufficient years of experience in the IT field. IT consultants should have excellent communication skills in order to provide good customer service and to discuss the resolution and operator prevention of those problems. In order to safely transport and install computer hardware, IT consultants are also familiar with basic electrical safety measures and should be able to lift up to thirty or forty pounds. IT consultants normally work standard office hours from morning to early evening, Monday through Friday, but they may be called in outside of standard business hours if there are system issues that need to be fixed immediately.


Information Technology (IT) Consultant Tasks

  • Manage new installations and migrations.
  • Manage resolution of system and network issues for clients.
  • Facilitate development and implementation of improvements to client's information technology systems.

Common Career Paths for Information Technology (IT) Consultant


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Information Technology Consultants who go on to become Senior Software Architects may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Software Architects is $121K annually. It is quite typical for Information Technology Consultants to transition into roles as Information Technology Project Managers or Information Technology Managers, where reported median earnings are $11K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Consultant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Information Technology Consultants include Accenture, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Capgemini. Employees at Accenture enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $84K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $66K and higher ones not far away at only $111K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Deloitte Consulting LLP at $83K, Hewlett-Packard Company at $82K, and IBM Global Services, where Information Technology Consultants annually earn $81K.

Offering only $60K on average, Sogeti USA LLC seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $44K on the lower end and $88K on the higher end. Other low-paying employers include CGI Group Inc. at $61K and CGI Federal at $62K, though some Information Technology Consultants there earn up to $80K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Consultant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Project Management, Oracle, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of SQL and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Consultant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Information Technology Consultants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Information Technology Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+24 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and New York (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 4 percent below the national average.

Information Technology (IT) Consultant Reviews

What is it like working as an Information Technology (IT) Consultant at IBM Global Services?

Information Technology (IT) Consultant in San Jose:
Pros: Excellent retail client exposure, strong knowledge in supply chain business process. Leadership program experience.
Cons: Tough to find projects. On bench most of the time.

What is it like working as an Information Technology (IT) Consultant?

Information Technology (IT) Consultant in Lansing:
"SAP SD Analyst."
Pros: Learn Business Process. Gather requirements. Define new business process. Design System.
Cons: Stress level is high. Not many good perks.

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Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salaries




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$75,000


Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1237 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%
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