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Technical Advisor Salary

With more than half of Technical Advisors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $33K to $150K per year and averages out to $86K annually. Cash earnings for Technical Advisors — including $24K in bonuses and $18K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $33K to $150K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Technical Advisors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,515 - $148,189
(Median)
$50K
$86K
$150K
MEDIAN: $86,130
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$10.77 - $39.99
(Median)
$11
$17
$40
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,515 - $148,189  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,474  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $17,617  
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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$33,383 - $150,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $39.99  
   
Overtime
$13.28 - $53.11  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,474  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $17,617  
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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$33,383 - $150,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100

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Job Description for Technical Advisor

When an organization needs specific expertise on a complex subject matter that lies outside their normal area of work, they typically hire a technical advisor. This person assists the organization in understanding and performing tasks in their area of expertise in compliance with best practice. For example, a high-level university psychology study may bring in a technical advisor in business or financial services to help construct and perform surveys and tests related to consumer behavior or market correlations. A business entity may use a technical advisor in construction or design to help facilitate the most efficient means of conducting regular business operations. Film crews, producers, and directors frequently turn to technical advisors to ensure that specialized events such as military maneuvers, medical procedures, or police investigative work are depicted in a realistic way.

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Technical Advisor Tasks

  • Troubleshoot and solve technical problems internally and for clients.
  • Work directly with clients and internal teams to execute technical specifications.
  • Customize and update products, features and documentation.
  • Document technical risks, requirements, issues and training.
  • Communicate across teams to ensure appropriate usage and technical

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Advisor


Halliburton Energy Services leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $132K.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Apple Computer, Inc, where the median salary is just $35K — 281 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Technical Advisor


Survey results suggest that Technical Advisors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Technical Writing, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 60 percent, 47 percent, and 37 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Information Technology Support and Data Analysis also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Advisor

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


For many Technical Advisors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $72K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $93K in this role. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $122K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Technical Advisors, Houston provides a pay rate that is 69 percent greater than the national average. Technical Advisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+37 percent), Memphis (+36 percent), Dallas (+30 percent), and Minneapolis (+16 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Technical Advisors in Atlanta earning a whopping 56 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Seattle and 10 percent less in New York, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Technical Advisor Salaries



National Average
$79,000



Skills That Affect Technical Advisor Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 60%

Technical Writing
up arrow 47%

Program Management
up arrow 37%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 34%


National Average
$79,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 17%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 9%
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