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Q: Computer consultant fees ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Computer consultant fees
Category: Computers > Security
Asked by: ellenlee-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 04 Mar 2003 02:47 PST
Expires: 03 Apr 2003 02:47 PST
Question ID: 170412
I would like to know the approximate or average hourly rate of pay for
consultants in the IT business.  Specifically: for a small business
not for a large company or an individual consumer; in the Midwest (not
major cities); out-sourced to an IT company not in-house as an
employee; on an on-going retainer basis not for a one-shot job such as
a new network; for maintaining a server and small (20 stations in four
states) network.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 04 Mar 2003 06:12 PST
Hello Ellenlee,

There are several sources of info on IT consultant salaries, including
some rather sophisticated tools where you can input your skills,
geography, experience, work situation, etc. and get salary results.

The problem, though, is that different sources of info give very
different answers.  One survey might come up with a typical salary of
$40/hr; another might say $80.

If you're interested in knowing about these, even with the disparity,
I can post the information as an answer.  Let me know.

Clarification of Question by ellenlee-ga on 05 Mar 2003 01:58 PST
Thank you for your response.  Yes, I would like to know the
information with the disparity.
Subject: Re: Computer consultant fees
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 05 Mar 2003 12:29 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again Ellenlee,

I've listed below the results of a few salary surveys that meet -- or
come pretty close to -- the conditions you specified.  The surveys are
interactive, and can ask for a lot of details -- what operating
systems you work with, years of experience, etc.  Visit the sites
themselves and play around a bit...they are very informative.


Dice's IT Rate Survey

Click on:  Contractor hourly rate 

Select the best Consultant Type, Job Function, skills, and geographic

For a Network Engineer servicing a hub-based network in Kansas, the
salary results are:

Summary Information: 
Total Respondents: 12 
Mean Experience: 4.25 Year(s) 
Mean Salary: $60 per hour

with a distribution of:

Experience  Respondents Mean 	Lowest 	Highest 
2 Years  	3  	$106 	$19 	$175 
3 Years  	1  	$65 	$65 	$65 
4 Years  	3  	$54 	$26 	$100 
5 Years  	3  	$57 	$35 	$85 
7 Years  	1  	$55 	$55 	$55 
8 Years  	1  	$25 	$25 	$25 


A similar type of interactive survey is at Pencom Systems:

An Netwrok Administrator consultant looks like this:

	Geography: 	Midwest  
 	Industry: 	Consulting 
 	Experience: 	3-6 years of experience 
 	Job Function: 	Systems/Network Administrator 
The average salary for your qualification is $58000/yr, which, for a
40 hour work week, comes out to roughly $28/hour.

Note however, that I did not make use of the option here of entering
special skiils -- system security, mail programs, etc.  Visit the
site, and enter in the information that best describes your situation.

According to the salary calculator at this site:

The Network Control Operator working in KS - Statewide now earns an
average salary of 43,176.  Half of those in this position would earn
between 30,552 and 52,273(the 17th and 67th percentiles).These numbers
are derived from real, area specific, survey data.

When benefits and bonuses are added to this salary, the average total
compensation for this position would be 53,713.


Finally, at the site there are 13 listings of what
Network Engineers consultants are being paid these days.  These
listings might include information that is closest to your own
circumstances.  I've included two of the listings below, to show you
what they look like.  I  can't show the whole list due to copyright
restrictions, but you can easily reproduce the search yourself at the

Rate Info: Date reported: 9/9/02. Hourly Rate Paid to Non-Brokered
Consultant: $50.

Rate Earned by Consultant on Previous Assignment: $65. New rate is 23%
less than previous rate.

Tax Status: IC 

Contract Info Skills Used: Network Support Title: Network Engineer.
Location: Rockport, tx. Industry: Marketing. Length 0.1 mos. Work
Performed Offsite.

Resume Info: YOE 8 yrs. Gender: M. Age: 21-25. Citizenship/Visa: U.S.


Rate Info: Date reported: 9/2/02. Hourly Rate Paid to Brokered
Consultant: $55.

Rate Paid by Client: $85. Broker's Markup is: 55% of consultant's
billing. Broker's cut is: 35% of rate paid by client.

Rate Earned by Consultant on Previous Assignment: $52. New rate is 6%
more than previous rate.

Tax Status: W-2 

Contract Info Skills Used: Cisco and Windows Title: Network Engineer.
Location: Columbus, OH. Industry: Retail. Length 9 mos.

Resume Info: YOE 14 yrs. Degrees: Bachelors. Age: 21-25.
Citizenship/Visa: U.S. Citizen.


Hope this information helps.  Let me know through a Request for
Clarification if you need any additional information.

Search Strategy:  Google search on "salary survey" consultant
ellenlee-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Thank you very much.  Excellent answer and great response time.

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