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Contractor/Consultant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$72,000
$56,000
$72,000
$93,000
Did you know that the average contractor/consultant makes $72,860 per year? That's valued at $35.03 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $56,000 and $93,000, meaning contractor/consultants have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most contractor/consultants find a job with insurance and health care companies, while others work for finance, transportation, and technology companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. West Virginia, Virginia and Hawaii are the top states in the U.S. to pay contractor/consultants the highest salaries.
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Map of Contractor/Consultant Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Contractor/Consultants earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Contractor/Consultant Salary By Location

While a contractor/consultant can average a salary of $72,860 per year, or $35.03 per hour, there are many opportunities for contractor/consultants to make more. For example, in Charleston, WV you might make $95,364 per year. Other high-paying locations include Columbia, MD, Harrisonburg, VA and Apple Valley, CA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Charleston, WV where the average starting salary is $61,000. The highest paying states for contractor/consultants include West Virginia, Virginia and Hawaii. Meanwhile, Maine, Vermont, and Minnesota offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Charleston, WV
Charleston, WV
$95,364
$95k
Columbia, MD
Columbia, MD
$93,207
$93k
Harrisonburg, VA
Harrisonburg, VA
$92,890
$93k
Apple Valley, CA
Apple Valley, CA
$90,466
$90k
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
$88,165
$88k
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
$85,599
$86k
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
$79,894
$80k
Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC
$79,547
$80k
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati, OH
$77,366
$77k
Hamilton, NJ
Hamilton, NJ
$75,360
$75k

High Paying Contractor/Consultant Jobs

Average Contractor/Consultant Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a contractor/consultant, being employed by a company such as MicroStrategy or Anthem would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and Marsh & McLennan Companies also report highly competitive salaries for contractor/consultants.

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Contractor/Consultant Salary History

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    Average Contractor/Consultant Pay By Industry

    Contractor/consultant salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with finance, transportation, and technology companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a contractor/consultant can make a yearly salary of $76,231 while working for finance companies. All the while, other contractor/consultants are making $74,620 at transportation companies and $74,405 at technology companies. One industry contractor/consultants may want to avoid is the utilities industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $65,582.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Finance
    Finance
    $76,231
    $76k
    Transportation
    Transportation
    $74,620
    $75k
    Technology
    Technology
    $74,405
    $74k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $72,143
    $72k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $71,908
    $72k
    Utilities
    Utilities
    $65,582
    $66k

    Contractor/Consultant Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a contractor/consultant can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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