Technical Consultants in the United States pull down an average of $73K per year. Total incomes of Technical Consultants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $9K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $46K and $125K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by career duration and geographic location. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Technical Consultants are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$48,103 - $112,195
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MEDIAN: $72,751
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$14.05 - $102.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,103 - $112,195  
   
Bonus
$978 - $14,709  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $9,192  
Commission
$202.73 - $50,335  
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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$45,672 - $124,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,423
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.05 - $102.99  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $87.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$978 - $14,709  
   
Commission
$202.73 - $50,335  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $9,192  
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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$45,672 - $124,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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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 go on to become Solutions Architects may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Solutions Architects is $119K annually. A Technical Consultant may also move into a role as a Senior Technical Consultant or an Information Technology Consultant.

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Technical Consultants include Hewlett-Packard Company, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Sprint Nextel Corporation, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Perficient, Inc. Technical Consultants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Teradata Corp, where the average salary comes to $89K. Accenture, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers also offer top salaries for Technical Consultants. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $87K, $87K, and $86K, respectively.

178 percent lower than the top payer, Sprint Nextel Corporation offers a median salary of just $32K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Other low-paying employers include Hyland Software, Inc. at $61K and Hewlett-Packard Company at $62K, though some Technical Consultants there earn up to $121K.

Popular Skills for Technical Consultant


Technical Consultants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in System Integration, Software Development, JavaScript, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Information Technology Support, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Technical Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Data Analysis. The majority of those who know IT Consulting also know Data Analysis and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Consultant

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


Technical Consultants with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $85K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $97K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $104K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,517

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Technical Consultants, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Technical Consultants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent), Arlington (+11 percent), Denver (+8 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Boston (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, 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




National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Technical Consultant Salaries




C#
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Technical Analysis
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Project Management
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C# Programming Language
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IT Consulting
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$76,000

Microsoft SQL Server
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Java
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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