The average Software Consultant in the United States earns approximately $73K per year. Overall cash earnings for Software Consultants stretch from $51K on the lower end to $138K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the company and geographic location are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Software Consultants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Software Consultants are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $73,123
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,236 - $113,417  
   
Bonus
$1,174 - $15,067  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $10,213  
Commission
$970 - $59,800  
Total Pay (?
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$51,480 - $138,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 733
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$22.62 - $117.83  
   
Overtime
$25.53 - $73.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,174 - $15,067  
   
Commission
$970 - $59,800  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $10,213  
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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$51,480 - $138,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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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Software Consultants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Solutions Architect. The average Solutions Architect brings home $119K per year. Career advancement for the typical Software Consultant often leads to becoming a Senior Software Engineer or an Information Technology Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $29K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Consultant


Pariveda Solutions, AirWatch, Slalom Consulting, NTT America, Inc., and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are among the top companies that take on many Software Consultants. Software Consultants flock to International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $124K lead the pack in compensation. Software Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks at Slalom Consulting ($119K), NTT America, Inc. ($98K), and Capgemini ($96K).

Workers at Manhattan Associates, Quorum Business Solutions, Inc., and AirWatch also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $69K, $75K, and $75K respectively.

Popular Skills for Software Consultant


Survey results imply that Software Consultants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ASP.NET, C#, .NET, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis, Software Knowledge, and Project Management. It is often found that people who know SQL are also skilled in C# and Java. Those proficient in Software Development are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $69K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $90K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $110K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $127K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,090

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Consultants, 26 percent higher than the national average. Software Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+26 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Washington (+7 percent), and Seattle (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Minneapolis and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 13 percent less than the median.

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 114 votes.
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Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Software Consultant Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Software Consultant Salaries

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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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