Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salary

Highly experienced Information Technology Consultants rake in top-notch pay; their $117K-salary trumps the national average for others in this profession ($71K annually). Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $61K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $80K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $100K. 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. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,494 - $112,992
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$44K
$71K
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MEDIAN: $71,271
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$14.55 - $99.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,494 - $112,992  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,408  
Profit Sharing
$306.04 - $9,925  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,799  
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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$42,392 - $133,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$14.55 - $99.47  
   
Overtime
$15.79 - $92.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,408  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$306.04 - $9,925  
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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$42,392 - $133,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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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. Typical career progression for an Information Technology Consultant involves becoming an Information Technology Project Manager or an Information Technology Manager, roles that pay $11K more and $2K more on average.

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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 among the top companies that take on many Information Technology Consultants. Salary cannot be beat at Accenture, where median pay comes to $84K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $65K, and the higher end is not far away at $110K. Other big spenders include Deloitte Consulting LLP, Hewlett-Packard Company, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., top-paying firms where Information Technology Consultants see paychecks nearing $83K, $83K, or $82K.

Sogeti USA LLC offers the least money; the median income there is just $60K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $44K and $88K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include CGI Group Inc. at $61K, and CGI Federal where $62K 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 report using 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 11 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Windows 2003 Server, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Information Technology Consultants, 26 percent higher than the national average. Information Technology Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+25 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 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:
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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




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 1172 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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