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Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salary

An average Information Technology Consultant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $71K per year. The final incomes of Information Technology Consultants generally vary between $43K and $133K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $14K, $10K, and $30K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the company and location. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Information Technology Consultants (83 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,649 - $112,792
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MEDIAN: $71,427
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$14.63 - $99.34
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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
$44,649 - $112,792  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,332  
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $10,030  
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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$42,581 - $132,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $99.34  
   
Overtime
$15.92 - $88.69  
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 - $14,332  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,696  
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $10,030  
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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$42,581 - $132,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,115

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Software Architect. The average Senior Software Architect brings home $121K per year. When Information Technology Consultants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Information Technology Project Managers or Information Technology Managers. Those roles pay an additional $11K and $2K, 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. Slalom Consulting does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $106K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $74K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $195K. Information Technology Consultants will also find cushy salaries at Accenture (+$84K), Deloitte Consulting LLP (+$83K), and Hewlett-Packard Company (+$82K).

With a median employee salary of $59K, Sogeti USA LLC pays significantly less than its competitors (79 percent lower than the top payer). 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


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 9 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Microsoft Office also 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.


Information Technology Consultants with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $101K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $116K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Information Technology Consultants, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Information Technology Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+24 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). In Charlotte, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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
$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 1264 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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