Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salary

For Information Technology Consultants, late-career workers enjoy the highest paychecks — around $117K — relative to the national average of $71K per year. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $100K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $117K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,597 - $113,052

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$14.47 - $99.66

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,597 - $113,052  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,406  
Profit Sharing
$304.41 - $9,826  
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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$42,381 - $132,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $99.66  
   
Overtime
$16.25 - $92.80  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,406  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,696  
Profit Sharing
$304.41 - $9,826  
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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$42,381 - $132,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,100
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Job Description for Information Technology (IT) Consultant

Information technology (IT) consultants work for various organizations. Their job is to advise clients on how to use information technology, in order to meet their business objectives effectively and efficiently. They must be able to build and improve their clients’ IT structure. They must be able to analyze and solve various IT problems. They must be familiar with desktop and server issues. They install and troubleshoot clients’ IT hardware and software.

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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 transition into a Senior Software Architect role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $121K per year. 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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Information Technology Consultants, Accenture, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Capgemini are leading firms in the industry. Accenture offers the best pay with a median salary of $85K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $66K and maxing out at just $112K. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Hewlett-Packard Company also offer top salaries for Information Technology Consultants. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $84K, $83K, and $83K, respectively.

Sogeti USA LLC seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $60K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $44K and $88K. Other low-paying employers include CGI Group Inc. at $61K and CGI Federal at $62K, though some Information Technology Consultants there earn up to $78K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Consultant


Survey results imply that Information Technology Consultants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Project Management, Oracle, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Windows 2003 Server, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know 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


Austin offers some of the highest pay in the country for Information Technology Consultants, 27 percent above the national average. Information Technology Consultants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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




National Average
$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 1125 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

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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