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Managing Consultant Salary

Average pay for a Managing Consultant in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $127K per year. The range in cash compensation to Managing Consultants ($89K to $200K) includes potential earnings of $30K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Managing Consultants are male. In this profession, almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Managing Consultants. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$83,307 - $172,363
MEDIAN: $118,931

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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.
$83,307 - $172,363  
$2,530 - $30,392  
Profit Sharing
$1,479 - $30,134  
$1,474 - $41,116  
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).
$89,035 - $199,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 311
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Job Description for Managing Consultant

Managing consultant perform a wide variety of tasks, such as researching, collecting and analyzing data, interviewing various people in relation to their client and the client's company, presenting solutions, aiding and implementing plans and solutions, and keeping clients updated on progress.


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Popular Employer Salaries for Managing Consultant

Although IBM Global Services heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $136K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $103K to $182K.

Managing Consultants will find the worst pay at Navigant Consulting, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $104K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $143K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Managing Consultant

Survey results suggest that Managing Consultants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Consulting Management, Project Management, Data Analysis, and Business Strategy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources, Financial Analysis, and Change Management. Most people skilled in Consulting Management are similarly competent in IT Consulting.

Pay by Experience Level for Managing Consultant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Managing Consultants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $106K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $116K. Managing Consultants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $138K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Managing Consultants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $156K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Managing Consultants, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Managing Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+38 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and New York (+8 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Managing Consultant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Managing Consultant in Columbus:
"Business knowledge."
Learn as much about the business as possible. The technical knowledge is great, but strong communication, networking, and business acumen is what will separate you from the other technical folks.

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Experience Affects Managing Consultant Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Managing Consultant Salaries

Data Analysis
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Business Strategy
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IT Consulting

National Average

Change Management
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Human Resources
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Financial Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.


19 %
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 6%