Average Software Consultants in the United States make around $73K annually. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Software Consultants spread between $51K and $137K depending on individual performance. While the specific employer and geographic location impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. 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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$49,245 - $113,193
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MEDIAN: $73,220
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$20.43 - $116.77
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MEDIAN: $59.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,245 - $113,193  
   
Bonus
$1,226 - $15,187  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $9,696  
Commission
$993 - $59,180  
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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$50,838 - $137,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 809
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.43 - $116.77  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,226 - $15,187  
   
Commission
$993 - $59,180  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $9,696  
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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$50,838 - $137,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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 who go on to become Solutions Architects may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Solutions Architects is $119K annually. Software Consultants typically move into roles as Senior Software Engineers or Information Technology Project Managers, and those positions pay $29K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Consultant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Software Consultants include Red Hat, Inc., Slalom Consulting, AirWatch, NTT America, Inc., and Pariveda Solutions. For Software Consultants, comfortable salaries can be found at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.; in fact, median earnings sit around $124K, the highest in the area. Other big spenders include Slalom Consulting, NTT America, Inc., and Capgemini, top-paying firms where Software Consultants see paychecks nearing $120K, $98K, or $97K.

Manhattan Associates, Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. and AirWatch are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $71K, $75K, and $75K.

Popular Skills for Software Consultant


Software Consultants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ASP.NET, C#, .NET, and C# Programming Language are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis, Software Knowledge, and Project Management. A tool kit that includes SQL also typically contains C# and Java. Most people experienced in Software Development also know Java and C#.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Consultant

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


Software Consultants with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $69K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $88K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $110K. Software Consultants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $127K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,639

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Software Consultants will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Software Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+23 percent), New York (+19 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Washington (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 17 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 12 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Indianapolis and Minneapolis.

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
$79,000


Skills That Affect Software Consultant Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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