Software Consultant Salary

An average Software Consultant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $72K annually. Total cash earnings of Software Consultants range from $50K on the low end to $132K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $8K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and geography. Male Software Consultants are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction for Software Consultants is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,965 - $107,990

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$23.93 - $119.69

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,965 - $107,990  
   
Bonus
$258.31 - $15,228  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $8,027  
Commission
$1,939 - $59,800  
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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$49,932 - $131,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$23.93 - $119.69  
   
Overtime
$20.65 - $68.65  
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
$258.31 - $15,228  
   
Commission
$1,939 - $59,800  
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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$49,932 - $131,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Software Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher 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 NTT America, Inc. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $124K. Also paying near the top of the field are Slalom Consulting at $118K, NTT America, Inc. at $98K, and Deloitte Consulting LLP, where Software Consultants annually earn $90K.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Sogeti USA LLC, where the median salary is just $64K — about half the top paying employer's rate. 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, C++, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java. Those familiar with C# also tend to know 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $65K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $83K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $104K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $121K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Consultants, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Software Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+18 percent), New York (+8 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Software Consultant's salary, with Kansas City Software Consultants earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. Workers in Columbus and Austin earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 15 percent.

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Experience Affects Software Consultant Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Software Consultant Salaries

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C#
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$77,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 272 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: 85% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 14%
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