Technical Consultant Salary (United States)

A typical Technical Consultant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $73,874 annually. Compensation generally starts at $45,587 and does not exceed $127,517 per year. Cash earnings of Technical Consultants—including $15,291 bonuses, $8,825 profit sharing proceeds, and $33K commissions near the top of the pay scale—stretch from approximately $45,587 to approximately $127,517 depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by years of experience and location. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. There are far more male Technical Consultants than women, making up 83 percent of those in this profession. Work is enjoyable for Technical Consultants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Technical Consultant Salary (?
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$47,843 - $111,398
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Technical Consultant Salary (?
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$13.96 - $107.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,843 - $111,398  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,291  
Profit Sharing
$161.36 - $8,825  
Commission
$-0.50 - $32,779  
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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$45,587 - $127,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,139
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Hourly Rate
$13.96 - $107.82  
   
Overtime
$19.23 - $88.08  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,291  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $32,779  
Profit Sharing
$161.36 - $8,825  
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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$45,587 - $127,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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Job Description for Technical Consultant

Most technical consultants are hired for projects requiring significant knowledge in a particular technical area. They are usually hired through a consulting or staffing firm, and they often must be able to learn components such as software quickly when placed within a company. Technical consultants need to be able to provide expertise, advice, and support to the company.
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Technical Consultant Tasks
  • Troubleshoot and resolve technical and equipment problems remotely and on-site.
  • Install, upgrade, maintain, and evaluate products and services.
  • Visit customers and provide hands-on training in their local environment.

Common Career Paths for Technical Consultant

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While not commonly found, Technical Consultants who move on to become Solutions Architects bring in an additional $42K annually. Technical Consultants moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Senior Technical Consultants or Information Technology Consultants, where paychecks increase by $24K or $1,547 per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Consultant

Hewlett-Packard Company, Sprint Nextel Corporation, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Perficient, Inc. are top-notch employers for Technical Consultants in this area. SAS Institute Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $79,900, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $66K to a high of $119K for base pay. Also paying near the top of the field are Accenture at $79,671, Deloitte Consulting LLP at $79,048, and Deloitte & Touche LLP, where Technical Consultants annually earn $77,939.
With a median employee salary of $30,819, Sprint Nextel Corporation pays significantly less than other companies with the same focus (159 percent lower than the top payer). Other low-paying employers include Booz, Allen, and Hamilton at $72,142 and Perficient, Inc. at $73,208, though some Technical Consultants there earn up to $113K.

Popular Skills for Technical Consultant

Survey results imply that Technical Consultants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Project Management, Software Development, and IT Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 19 percent, 13 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know IT Consulting are also skilled in SQL. Those who learned Technical Analysis also tend to know Project Management, Data Analysis, and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Consultant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Technical Consultants, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Though starting salaries approximate $65K, they climb to $82K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $100K. After 20 years in the field, Technical Consultants see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $111K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Technical Consultants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Technical Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+15 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). Indianapolis, Chicago, and Minneapolis—each tucked away in the Midwest—report salaries below the national rate for Technical Consultants, labeling the region an undesirable location for those looking to make more money in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Minneapolis (-10 percent and -8 percent, respectively).

Technical Consultant Reviews

What is it like working as a Technical Consultant?
Technical Consultant in Martinez:
"Flexibility And Freedom."
Pros: Flexible hours and freedom of location and work environment.
Cons: Little to no social interaction, unreliable workload, unreliable paycheck.

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Experience Affects Technical Consultant Salaries

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$74,000

Skills That Affect Technical Consultant Salaries

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IT Consulting
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C#
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Technical Analysis
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Microsoft SQL Server
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$74,000
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Java
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 13%