Software Consultant Salary

The median total income of Software Consultants is around $77K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (around one in three, in fact) comes from commissions. Overall cash earnings for Software Consultants stretch from $50K on the lower end to $132K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and geographic location. Work is enjoyable for Software Consultants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$48,070 - $107,588
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$48K
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MEDIAN: $71,788
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$23.88 - $118.58
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MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,070 - $107,588  
   
Bonus
$256.97 - $15,249  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $8,027  
Commission
$1,500 - $60,000  
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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$49,998 - $132,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$23.88 - $118.58  
   
Overtime
$20.47 - $69.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$256.97 - $15,249  
   
Commission
$1,500 - $60,000  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $8,027  
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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$49,998 - $132,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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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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Advancing into a Senior Software Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Software Consultants, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $105K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Consultant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Software Consultants include Red Hat, Inc., AirWatch, Sogeti USA LLC, Capgemini, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the largest salaries in town — $124K on average. Slalom Consulting, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Capgemini also offer top salaries for Software Consultants. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $118K, $90K, and $81K, respectively.

Earnings fall especially short at Sogeti USA LLC, where the median salary of $64K is the lowest in the field, just about half of the top paying company's median. Workers at AirWatch, Quorum Business Solutions, Inc., and Red Hat, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $74K, $75K, and $75K respectively.

Popular Skills for Software Consultant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in .NET, ASP.NET, Java/J2EE, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Java. For most people, competency in C# indicates knowledge of Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Consultant

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


Software Consultants with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $65K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $83K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $105K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $122K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Consultants, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Software Consultants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). Software Consultants in Kansas City earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Austin (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Software Consultant Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Software Consultant Salaries

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$77,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 275 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 14%
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