Technical Consultant Salary (United States)

Technical Consultants in the United States typically take home $73,874 per year. Pay generally spreads from $45,587 to $127,517 per year. Overall compensation packages to Technical Consultants range from $47,843 on the low end to $111,398 on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $15,291 and profit sharing that approaches $8,825, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $33K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but years of experience and geographic location are influential factors as well. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. The vast majority of Technical Consultants (83 percent) are men. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Technical Consultants who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed 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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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  
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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  
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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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Technical Consultants who advance into the role of a Solutions Architect—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $42K per year. The most common next step for Technical Consultants is moving into roles as Senior Technical Consultants or Information Technology (IT) Consultants, where they can expect an extra $24K or $1,547 per year.

Technical Consultant Job Listings

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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. offers the largest salaries in town—$79,900 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $66K to $119K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Other big spenders include Accenture, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Deloitte & Touche LLP, top-paying firms where Technical Consultants see paychecks nearing $79,671, $79,048, or $77,939.
With a median salary of only $30,819 (159 percent less than the top paying company), Sprint Nextel Corporation lags significantly in the earnings department. 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

Technical Consultants seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Data Analysis. The majority of those who know Technical Analysis also know Project Management, Data Analysis, and SQL. Most people who know IT Consulting also know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Consultant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. New salaries start at $65K and reach $82K in five to 10 years. Compensation is $100K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries grow more slowly as Technical Consultants approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $111K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Technical Consultants, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Philadelphia, Houston, Boston, and Denver, top-paying markets where Technical Consultants rake in more than the national norm (+15 percent, +15 percent, +12 percent, and +8 percent). Relative to Technical Consultants in the rest of the country, Technical Consultants in Indianapolis, Chicago, and Minneapolis see salaries below the national average. In fact, these Midwestern cities offer less pay than any other American city. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (-10 percent) and Minneapolis (-8 percent).

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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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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%
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