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Software Consultant Salary

Average Software Consultants in the United States make around $72K annually. In the world of Software Consultants, total cash compensation can vary between $50K and $129K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $9K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though career length and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Software Consultants is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$48,573 - $107,269
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MEDIAN: $71,925
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$24.62 - $122.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,573 - $107,269  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,263  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $8,808  
Commission
$-0.50 - $49,665  
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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$50,357 - $129,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,066
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.62 - $122.38  
   
Overtime
$20.24 - $70.09  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,263  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $49,665  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $8,808  
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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$50,357 - $129,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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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Software Consultants' salaries can rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Software Engineer. Senior Software Engineers get paid an average $93K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Consultant


Software Consultants flock to Sogeti USA LLC, AirWatch, Capgemini, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Red Hat, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $124K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Deloitte Consulting LLP, Quorum Business Solutions, Inc., and Red Hat, Inc., where Software Consultants typically earn around $90K, $76K, or $75K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $64K (about half the top paying employer's rate), Sogeti USA LLC lags significantly in the earnings department. Capgemini, AirWatch, and Red Hat, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($67K, $75K, and $75K respectively).

Popular Skills for Software Consultant


Software Consultants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in .NET, Data Analysis, ASP.NET, and Java/J2EE are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java and JavaScript. Most people skilled in C# are similarly competent in Software Development. Skill sets containing SQL also tend to include Java and 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $84K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $103K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $121K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Software Consultants in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Software Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+17 percent), New York (+9 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Kansas City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Columbus and 8 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Software Consultant Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Software Consultant Salaries

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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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