Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salary

Information Technology Consultants in the United States pull down an average of $76K annually. Overall cash earnings for Information Technology Consultants stretch from $43K on the lower end to $132K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the specific employer and location. The vast majority of Information Technology Consultants (81 percent) survey respondents are men. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,263 - $118,485
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MEDIAN: $76,867
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$13.40 - $98.64
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$0$131K
Salary $48,263 - $118,485
Bonus $720 - $15,278
Profit Sharing $-0.46 - $9,899
Commission $4,055 - $49,316
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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$43,430 - $131,717
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,730
Hourly Data $0$98
Hourly Rate $13.40 - $98.64
Hourly Tips $0.46
Overtime $17.18 - $80.36
Annual Data $0$131K
Bonus $720 - $15,278
Commission $4,055 - $49,316
Profit Sharing $-0.46 - $9,899
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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$43,430 - $131,717
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 794

Job Description for Information Technology (IT) Consultant

Information technology (IT) consultants work for various organizations. Their job is to advise clients on how to use information technology, in order to meet their business objectives effectively and efficiently. They must be able to build and improve their clients’ IT structure. They must be able to analyze and solve various IT problems. They must be familiar with desktop and server issues. They install and troubleshoot clients’ IT hardware and software.

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Information Technology (IT) Consultant Tasks

  • Facilitate development and implementation of improvements to client's information technology systems.
  • Manage resolution of system and network issues for clients.
  • Manage new installations and migrations.

Common Career Paths for Information Technology (IT) Consultant


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Information Technology Consultants who go on to become Solutions Architects may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Solutions Architects is $119K annually. It is not uncommon for an Information Technology Consultant to continue on to become an Information Technology Project Manager or an Information Technology Manager.

Information Technology (IT) Consultant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Consultant


Sogeti USA LLC, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Accenture, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and CGI Group Inc. are all popular places to work. Slalom Consulting offers the best pay with a median salary of $106K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $79K and maxing out at just $124K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Accenture Technology Solutions, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Accenture, top-paying firms where Information Technology Consultants rake in a $97K, $93K, or $90K, respectively.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Cerner Corporation, where the median salary is just $55K — about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Protiviti Incorporated at $60K, and CGI Group Inc. where $63K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Information Technology Consultants there earn up to $98K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Consultant


Survey takers working as Information Technology Consultants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Project Management, Business Analysis, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking and Microsoft Active Directory also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Project Management and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Consultant

Pay by Experience for an Information Technology (IT) Consultant has a positive trend. An entry-level Information Technology (IT) Consultant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 2,133 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Information Technology (IT) Consultant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 1,327 salaries. An experienced Information Technology (IT) Consultant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 1,238 salaries. An Information Technology (IT) Consultant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 433 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,096

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

With a pay rate for Information Technology Consultants that is 17 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Technology Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+17 percent), Denver (+13 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Boston (6 percent lower) and Los Angeles (5 percent lower).

Information Technology (IT) Consultant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Information Technology (IT) Consultant?

Information Technology (IT) Consultant in Kansas City:
"Amazing travel opportunities."
Pros: The travel and satisfaction of training and helping others.
Cons: Contract work, being paid only when working, not full time work,

Information Technology (IT) Consultant in Chicago:
"Boring and Stressful All at once."
Pros: Can decide when best to take my lunch.
Cons: People look down on you even though they're job relies on you. Stressful sudden issues can ruin your entire week. The pay is low.

Information Technology (IT) Consultant in Chicago:
"It's okay."
Pros: Positive work/life balance, opportunity to work for a smaller company and wear multiple hats, minimal hierarchy, ownership over initiatives.
Cons: The work itself is not always very interesting, compensated a decent amount however not much opportunity to make any real money.

Information Technology (IT) Consultant in Philadelphia:
"Client Facing."
Pros: Good culture and good benefits. Ability to work from home on occasions.
Cons: Boring work, and expensive neighborhood that is also not the best.

Information Technology (IT) Consultant in Millington:
Pros: Working with the public.
Cons: Getting overwhelemd.

Information Technology (IT) Consultant in New York:
"Culture."
Pros: Learning new things on the job. Challenged everyday. Smart coworkers.
Cons: Disconnect with management goals and team goals.

Information Technology (IT) Consultant in San Francisco:
Pros: Challenging, interesting, rewarding, complex problem solving.
Cons: Stressful.

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Key Stats for Information Technology (IT) Consultant

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 672 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salaries

▲55%

▲27%

▲6%

National Average
$79,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Consultant Salaries

▲13%



▲2%


SQL
▼0%

C#
▼0%

National Average
$79,000

▼1%

Microsoft SQL Server
▼2%

▼3%

▼7%





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 672 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 18%