Software Consultant Salary

An average Software Consultant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $72K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Software Consultants can bottom out near $50K or peak near $134K depending on individual performance. While career length and location impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Software Consultants is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Consultants greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,260 - $110,402
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$48K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,197
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$24.20 - $120.24
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MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,260 - $110,402  
   
Bonus
$488.90 - $15,512  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $8,292  
Commission
$0.00 - $59,392  
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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$50,124 - $134,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.20 - $120.24  
   
Overtime
$20.20 - $70.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$488.90 - $15,512  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $59,392  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $8,292  
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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$50,124 - $134,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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Job Description for Software Consultant

A software consultant helps a company moderate and effectively manage their technological content. Software consultants may handle many different types of software and the data they contain, which could include web content (websites and website code), document management, and digital records and asset management. This individual enables to organization to manage these components effectively and safely within the company's specifications. Software consultants may also work with clients in a service-based atmosphere. Some consultants work on a client-by-client basis in areas such as website construction and internet advertising. They may also work within the company, helping meet software needs of departments such as marketing and social media.

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Software Consultant Tasks

  • Design software systems customized for specific tasks or industries.
  • Provide technical support and troubleshooting services for clients.
  • Analyze a company’s computer system and determine how to use software to make processes more efficient.

Common Career Paths for Software Consultant


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It's not very common for Software Consultants to move on to become Senior Software Engineers. Average pay for a Senior Software Engineer is $106K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Consultant


Software Consultants fill the offices of leading firms Sogeti USA LLC, Red Hat, Inc., Capgemini, AirWatch, and Slalom Consulting. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $124K. Slalom Consulting, NTT America, Inc., and InfoSys Limited are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Software Consultants earning around $118K, $98K, or $94K at each firm, respectively.

Sogeti USA LLC reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $64K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Also approaching the lower end are Manhattan Associates at $70K, AirWatch at $74K, and Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. at $75K.

Popular Skills for Software Consultant


Software Consultants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ASP.NET, .NET, C#, 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 Java and JavaScript. The majority of those who know Software Development also know Java and C#. Those familiar with SQL tend to be well versed in C# and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Consultant

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


Software Consultants who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $67K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $85K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $106K. Software Consultants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $124K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $77,606

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For Software Consultants, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Software Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Denver (+12 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Austin and 11 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Software Consultant Reviews

What is it like working as a Software Consultant?

Software Consultant in Dallas:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: Ability to work remote 100% from home. Report to a very knowledgeable and helpful Director. Being able to interface with customers at all levels to ensure their needs, wants, and expectations are met in regards to the implementation of the software.
Cons: I travel 90% of the time. Living out of a hotel while on the road. Being gone for 2 or 3 weeks at a time.

Software Consultant in New York:
Pros: The challenge with each new client encountered. Their requirements are different which allows us to think outside of the box.
Cons: Can get monotonous.

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Experience Affects Software Consultant Salaries




National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Software Consultant Salaries

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C#
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Web Development
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National Average
$78,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 282 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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