Technical Advisor Salary

Technical Advisors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $33K to $153K per year, median earnings come to $86K per year. Total cash compensation to Technical Advisors bottoms out near $33K and approaches $153K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $25K from bonuses and almost $18K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Technical Advisors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$49,913 - $148,993
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$50K
$86K
$150K
MEDIAN: $86,395
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$10.81 - $37.50
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$11
$17
$38
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$49,913 - $148,993  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,632  
Profit Sharing
$998 - $17,879  
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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$33,459 - $152,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 364
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.81 - $37.50  
   
Overtime
$13.13 - $58.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,632  
   
Profit Sharing
$998 - $17,879  
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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$33,459 - $152,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94

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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


Technical Advisors flock to Halliburton Energy Services for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $132K lead the pack in compensation.

Earnings fall especially short at Apple Computer, Inc, where the median salary of $35K is the lowest in the field, 281 percent lower than the top payer.

Popular Skills for Technical Advisor


Survey results imply that Technical Advisors put a diverse skill set to use. 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, 46 percent, and 40 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. Those with knowledge of Customer Service tend to be skilled in Information Technology Support as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Advisor

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Technical Advisors. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $71K. For Technical Advisors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $92K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $122K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Technical Advisors, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 69 percent above the national average. Technical Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+38 percent), Memphis (+35 percent), Dallas (+30 percent), and Minneapolis (+16 percent). Technical Advisors in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 56 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and New York (14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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Program Management
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Systems Engineering
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National Average
$79,000

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%