Software Consultant Salary

Average Software Consultants in the United States make around $73K per year. In the world of Software Consultants, total cash compensation can vary between $51K and $136K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $10K, respectively. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and location are driving factors as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Consultants who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Consultants. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$49,455 - $114,094
$49K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,177
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$20.61 - $119.29
$21
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$120
MEDIAN: $57.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,455 - $114,094  
   
Bonus
$1,025 - $15,008  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $10,256  
Commission
$-0.50 - $58,175  
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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$51,339 - $136,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 663
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.61 - $119.29  
   
Overtime
$25.74 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,025 - $15,008  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $58,175  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $10,256  
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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$51,339 - $136,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 112

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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.
  • Analyze a company's computer system and determine how to use software to make processes more efficient.
  • Provide technical support and troubleshooting services for clients.

Common Career Paths for Software Consultant


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For Software Consultants, progressing to a Solutions Architect role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Solutions Architect can earn $119K annually. Senior Software Engineers or Information Technology Project Managers are common next-step roles for Software Consultants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Software Engineers is $29K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Information Technology Project Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Consultant


Pariveda Solutions, AirWatch, NTT America, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Red Hat, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Software Consultants. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $124K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Slalom Consulting at $102K, NTT America, Inc. at $98K, and Capgemini, where Software Consultants annually earn $96K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Manhattan Associates ($69K), Quorum Business Solutions, Inc. ($75K), and AirWatch ($75K).

Popular Skills for Software Consultant


Software Consultants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in ASP.NET, C#, C++, and .NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis, Software Knowledge, and Project Management. A tool kit that includes SQL also typically contains C# and Java. Most people skilled in Software Development are similarly competent in Java and C#.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Consultant

Pay by Experience for a Software Consultant has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Consultant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 432 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Consultant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 220 salaries. An experienced Software Consultant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 199 salaries. A Software Consultant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $128,000 based on 59 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,825

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Software Consultants, 28 percent above the national average. Software Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Washington (+8 percent), and Denver (+2 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Minneapolis and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

Software Consultant Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Software Consultant

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Software Consultant Salaries

▲62%

▲41%

▲15%

National Average
$79,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Software Consultant Salaries

▲13%

C#
▲9%

C++
▲8%

▲6%




SQL
▲1%

IT Consulting
▼0%

Java
▼0%

JavaScript
▼0%

National Average
$79,000





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 13%
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