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Software Consultant Salary

Earnings for Software Consultants in the United States come in at around $72K annually on average. 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 most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by experience level and location. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Software Consultants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,312 - $107,591
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$48K
$72K
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MEDIAN: $71,822
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$24.28 - $119.85
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MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,312 - $107,591  
   
Bonus
$254.34 - $15,214  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $8,081  
Commission
$2,909 - $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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$50,159 - $132,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,219
National Hourly Rate 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$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.28 - $119.85  
   
Overtime
$20.41 - $69.81  
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
$254.34 - $15,214  
   
Commission
$2,909 - $59,800  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $8,081  
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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$50,159 - $132,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178

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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 move on to become Senior Software Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Software Engineers get paid an average of $93K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Consultant


Software Consultants flock to AirWatch, Sogeti USA LLC, Capgemini, Red Hat, Inc., and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Capgemini are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Software Consultants earning around $118K, $90K, or $81K at each firm, respectively.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Sogeti USA LLC, where the median salary is a mere $64K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are AirWatch ($74K), Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. ($75K), and Red Hat, Inc. ($76K).

Popular Skills for Software Consultant


Survey results imply that Software Consultants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Java and Salesforce. It is often found that people who know SQL are also skilled in Java and Software Development. The majority of those who know C# also 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $65K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $83K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $104K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $123K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Consultants, Boston provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Software Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Kansas City Software Consultants earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (16 percent less) and Columbus (15 percent less).

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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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SQL
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$77,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 284 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
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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