Software Consultant Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $77K, close to a third of overall earnings for Software Consultants arrives through commissions. Total incomes of Software Consultants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $50K and $132K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by experience level and geographic location. For the most part, Software Consultants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,039 - $107,497
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$48K
$72K
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MEDIAN: $71,819
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$23.93 - $118.47
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MEDIAN: $59.00
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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
$48,039 - $107,497  
   
Bonus
$255.84 - $15,214  
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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$49,982 - $132,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$23.93 - $118.47  
   
Overtime
$20.53 - $68.92  
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
$255.84 - $15,214  
   
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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$49,982 - $132,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 who move on to become Senior Software Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Software Engineers get paid an average of $105K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Consultant


Red Hat, Inc., AirWatch, Sogeti USA LLC, Capgemini, and NTT America, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Software Consultants. 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. Software Consultants will also find cushy salaries at Slalom Consulting (+$118K), NTT America, Inc. (+$98K), and Deloitte Consulting LLP (+$90K).

With a reported median salary of only $64K, Sogeti USA LLC easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are just about half of the top paying company's median. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include AirWatch ($74K), Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. ($75K), and Red Hat, Inc. ($75K).

Popular Skills for Software Consultant


Survey results imply that Software Consultants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in .NET, ASP.NET, C++, and Java/J2EE are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


For many Software Consultants, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $83K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $104K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $122K on average.

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 will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Denver (+7 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. On the whole, employers pay 15 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Columbus and Austin.

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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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National Average
$77,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 273 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
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%
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