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Technical Consultant Salary (United States)

The average Technical Consultant in the United States earns approximately $71K annually. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Technical Consultants — as high as $15K, $9K and $49K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $46K to $128K. While career duration and geography impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. For the most part, Technical Consultants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The vast majority of Technical Consultants (83 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Technical Consultant Salary (?
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$48,023 - $111,361
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MEDIAN: $71,047
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Technical Consultant Salary (?
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$13.92 - $107.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,023 - $111,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,083  
Profit Sharing
$159.06 - $8,637  
Commission
$-0.50 - $48,936  
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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$46,033 - $128,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$13.92 - $107.82  
   
Overtime
$17.11 - $79.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,083  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$159.06 - $8,637  
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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$46,033 - $128,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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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There are some Technical Consultants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Solutions Architects, where earnings are an average $117K annually. A more common career path for Technical Consultants is stepping into the role of Senior Technical Consultant or Information Technology Consultant.

Technical Consultant Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Consultant

Leading companies who hire large numbers of Technical Consultants include Hewlett-Packard Company, Sprint Nextel Corporation, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Perficient, Inc., and SAS Institute Inc. The biggest paychecks can be found at ServiceNow — the median salary there is $107K. Other big spenders include Teradata Corp, Accenture, and SAS Institute Inc., top-paying firms where Technical Consultants see paychecks nearing $83K, $80K, or $80K.
Sprint Nextel Corporation pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $31K, 250 percent less than the top paying company. Also approaching the lower end are InfoSys Limited at $67K, PricewaterhouseCoopers at $69K, and Perficient, Inc. at $70K.

Popular Skills for Technical Consultant

Survey results imply that Technical Consultants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Project Management, C#, and IT Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Data Analysis. Those proficient in Technical Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management, Data Analysis, and SQL. Most people experienced in 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.
For many Technical Consultants, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $66K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $82K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Technical Consultants make a median salary of $96K. Technical Consultants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $112K.

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 24 percent. Technical Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+18 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Technical Consultants in Indianapolis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 24 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Chicago and 2 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
$74,000

Skills That Affect Technical Consultant Salaries

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IT Consulting
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$74,000
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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
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%