Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salary

Late-career Information Technology Consultants pick up larger-than-average paychecks, bringing in $118K, much more than the $71K per year national average for others in this area of work. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $61K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $100K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $118K. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,548 - $112,934  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,399  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $9,895  
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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$42,519 - $132,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,119
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$14.61 - $99.61  
   
Overtime
$16.40 - $91.40  
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,399  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,696  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $9,895  
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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$42,519 - $132,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,108
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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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At the upper end, Information Technology Consultants who move into a Senior Software Architect role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Software Architects is a much higher $121K per year. Information Technology Project Managers or Information Technology Managers are common next-step roles for Information Technology Consultants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Information Technology Project Managers is $11K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Information Technology Managers.

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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 $65K and higher ones not far away at only $111K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Deloitte Consulting LLP, Hewlett-Packard Company, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where Information Technology Consultants typically earn around $83K, $83K, or $82K, respectively.

For Information Technology Consultants, below-average salaries can be found at Sogeti USA LLC; in fact, average earnings are around $60K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($44K versus $88K) is great. 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


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 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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


For Information Technology Consultants, Austin provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Information Technology Consultants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 3 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:
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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1149 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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