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Technical Advisor Salary (United States)

More than half of Technical Advisors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $34K to $153K per year, but median earnings come to around $87K annually. In the world of Technical Advisors, overall income ranges from $34K near the bottom to $153K at the top; this can include more than $25K from bonuses and more than $18K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. For the most part, Technical Advisors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Technical Advisors survey respondents are men (76 percent). Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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Technical Advisor Salary (?
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$50,428 - $147,724
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MEDIAN: $86,533
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Technical Advisor Salary (?
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$10.58 - $39.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$50,428 - $147,724  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,564  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $18,121  
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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$34,299 - $152,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 330
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.58 - $39.99  
   
Overtime
$12.99 - $50.89  
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 - $24,564  
   
Profit Sharing
$992 - $18,121  
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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$34,299 - $152,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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

The biggest paychecks can be found at Halliburton Energy Services — the median salary there is $132K.
With a median salary of only $34K (287 percent less than the top paying company), Apple Computer, Inc lags significantly in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Technical Advisor

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Program Management, and Systems Engineering are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 72 percent, 55 percent, and 52 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. The majority of those who know Project Management also know Information Technology (IT) Support, Program Management, and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Advisor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Technical Advisors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $51K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $75K. Technical Advisors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $94K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $126K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$81,000
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San Francisco
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Technical Advisors will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 66 percent. Technical Advisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Memphis (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+31 percent), Dallas (+25 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Technical Advisor's salary, with Atlanta Technical Advisors earning salaries that are 58 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Seattle (16 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Technical Advisor Salaries

National Average
$81,000

Skills That Affect Technical Advisor Salaries

Engineering Design
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Program Management
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Systems Engineering
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National Average
$81,000
Data Analysis
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%