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Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salary

Earnings for Information Technology Consultants in the United States come in at around $71K annually on average. Cash earnings for Information Technology Consultants — including $15K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $42K to $133K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the specific employer and location. Male Information Technology Consultants far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Information Technology Consultants. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,575 - $112,975
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$45K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,324
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$14.69 - $99.51
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MEDIAN: $40
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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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,575 - $112,975  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,517  
Profit Sharing
$354.11 - $10,022  
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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$42,454 - $133,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,199
National Hourly Rate 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.
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$14.69 - $99.51  
   
Overtime
$18.29 - $90.00  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,517  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,696  
Profit Sharing
$354.11 - $10,022  
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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$42,454 - $133,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,129

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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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As Information Technology Consultants transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Architect, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Software Architects earn $121K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Information Technology Consultant often leads to becoming an Information Technology Project Manager or an Information Technology Manager; median salaries in these positions are $11K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

Information Technology (IT) Consultant Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Consultant


Accenture, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Capgemini are all popular places to work. Although Slalom Consulting boasts the highest average salary in town at $106K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $74K or as much as $195K. Accenture, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Hewlett-Packard Company are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Information Technology Consultants earning around $85K, $83K, or $82K at each firm, respectively.

Sogeti USA LLC offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary 76 percent less than the top paying company ($60K). Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include CGI Group Inc. at $61K, and CGI Federal where $61K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Information Technology Consultants there earn up to $80K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Consultant


Information Technology Consultants seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in 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.


Information Technology Consultants generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $61K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $80K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $100K on average. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $117K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+19 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+8 percent).

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.

What is it like working as an Information Technology (IT) Consultant at EY (Ernst & Young)?

Information Technology (IT) Consultant in Washington:
"Lots Of Experience."
Pros: They give you a lot of opportunity to expand your experience very quickly. Managers for the most part are happy to let you shine over them if you are doing the work.
Cons: The compensation is poor. The partners are quick to tell you it's not all about the money and it will come but staying with the firm for a long time is not the way to do it. 5 years in you will find yourself significantly under the median for your experience level.

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Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1313 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%