Technical Consultant Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Technical consultants need to be customer service-oriented and detail-oriented, as well as have communication skills, listening skills, and flexibility. They must also be able to work with other people to reach a common goal. Technical consultants typically are required to have at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Most consultants will continue their education, and it is not uncommon for technical consultants have higher-level degrees in computer science or engineering. Some may have as much as a doctorate in their specialized skill set.
Technical Consultant Tasks
- Visit customers and provide hands-on training in their local environment.
- Install, upgrade, maintain, and evaluate products and services.
- Troubleshoot and resolve technical and equipment problems remotely and on-site.
Common Career Paths for Technical Consultant
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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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Consultant
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.
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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
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).
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