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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Contractor/Consultant Salary

$74,705 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$35.92 hourly

Entry level Salary
$52,000 yearly
$52,000
10 %
$74,705
Median
$105,000
90 %

How much does a Contractor/Consultant make?

Contractor/consultants make $74,705 per year on average, or $35.92 per hour, in the United States. Contractor/consultants on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $52,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $105,000.

Location impacts how much a contractor/consultant can expect to make. Contractor/consultants make the most in Texas, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Delaware.

Highest Paying States For Contractor/Consultants

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

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Contractor/Consultant average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New Jersey$87,443$42.041,339
2Rhode Island$84,028$40.40286
3Texas$92,168$44.312,102
4New Hampshire$85,559$41.13247
5Massachusetts$87,961$42.291,275
6Connecticut$87,980$42.30411
7Pennsylvania$82,693$39.761,515
8New York$87,225$41.941,711
9California$90,578$43.554,164
10Virginia$84,491$40.621,375
11Mississippi$78,601$37.79306
12Delaware$87,587$42.11119
13Alabama$77,439$37.23702
14District of Columbia$83,574$40.18472
15North Carolina$79,770$38.351,160
16Arizona$80,204$38.56651
17Ohio$78,423$37.701,039
18Michigan$79,844$38.39616
19Maryland$85,399$41.06678
20Georgia$80,118$38.521,005
21West Virginia$78,474$37.73121
22Oregon$76,101$36.59694
23Vermont$75,858$36.47121
24Louisiana$79,504$38.22223
25Illinois$76,693$36.871,633
26Florida$77,521$37.271,807
27Hawaii$81,133$39.01107
28Oklahoma$71,427$34.34505
29New Mexico$76,393$36.73189
30Nevada$73,439$35.31262
31Tennessee$75,215$36.16433
32South Carolina$76,826$36.94324
33Arkansas$72,918$35.06258
34Alaska$78,104$37.5568
35Utah$69,614$33.47479
36Kentucky$73,541$35.36284
37Indiana$73,502$35.34513
38Wisconsin$71,759$34.50477
39South Dakota$63,016$30.30191
40Missouri$71,960$34.60599
41Washington$74,058$35.60691
42Kansas$69,712$33.52314
43Minnesota$68,562$32.96775
44Maine$70,927$34.1097
45Idaho$63,391$30.48206
46North Dakota$64,458$30.9997
47Montana$54,389$26.15171
48Iowa$66,604$32.02211
49Nebraska$60,363$29.02231
50Colorado$65,188$31.34509
51Wyoming$55,962$26.9059

Highest Paying Cities For Contractor/Consultants

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Antonio, TX$93,464$44.93
2Santa Clara, CA$93,421$44.91
3Boston, MA$87,997$42.31
4Hartford, CT$87,961$42.29
5Hoboken, NJ$87,643$42.14
6New York, NY$87,368$42.00
7Baltimore, MD$85,577$41.14
8McLean, VA$85,499$41.11
9Washington, DC$83,586$40.19
10Philadelphia, PA$83,120$39.96
11Atlanta, GA$79,941$38.43
12Cleveland, OH$79,914$38.42
13Chicago, IL$77,024$37.03
14Olympia, WA$76,847$36.95
15Salem, OR$76,749$36.90

Contractor/Consultant Salary Details

Contractor/Consultant Salary

What is a Contractor/Consultant's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$105,000$8,750$50
75th Percentile$89,000$7,417$43
Average$74,705$6,225$36
25th Percentile$62,000$5,167$30
10th Percentile$52,000$4,333$25

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Analyst$76,059$6,338$36.57253,138
Business Advisor$98,516$8,210$47.36125,154
Business Development Consultant$80,547$6,712$38.72168,111
Information Technology Consultant$87,098$7,258$41.87142,475
Contract Coordinator$46,539$3,878$22.3738,845
Business Consultant$94,601$7,883$45.48128,033

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  1. Citi Jobs (14)
  2. Pfizer Jobs (21)
  3. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Jobs (14)
  4. Robert Half Jobs (88)
  5. AT&T Jobs (22)

Which Companies Pay Contractor/Consultants The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, The Walt Disney Company and BD are the highest paying companies for contractor/consultants.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1The Walt Disney Company$107,502$51.6810
2BD$105,274$50.6116
3OEConnection$104,309$50.15
4Hulu$101,911$49.004
5Dominion Energy$101,415$48.762
6Itamar Medical Inc$100,054$48.101
7PIC Group$100,006$48.086
8Randstad North America, Inc.$99,929$48.04143
9JSC Transportation$99,166$47.68
10thunder::tech$98,160$47.19
11Southwire$97,615$46.931
12Aqua$97,154$46.712
13CORT$96,719$46.5011
14MassMutual$96,168$46.23181
15Windstream$93,610$45.0066
16Oracle$91,625$44.053291
17Turner & Townsend$91,612$44.046
18Cerner$90,067$43.3093
19MicroStrategy$83,782$40.284
20Crown Equipment$83,728$40.252

How Much Do Contractor/Consultants Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a contractor/consultant salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The manufacturing industry pays contractor/consultants an average salary of $99,930

  2. The finance industry pay $98,763

  3. The lowest paying industry for contractor/consultants is the government industry. Contractor/consultants in this industry earn an average salary of $75,137

Highest Paying Industries For Contractor/Consultants

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Manufacturing$99,930$48.04
2Finance$98,763$47.48
3Professional$97,312$46.78
4Health Care$91,961$44.21
5Technology$89,866$43.20
6Government$75,137$36.12

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Contractor/Consultant Salary Trends

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.

Average Contractor/Consultant Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Contractor/Consultant Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$74,700$35.92+3.8%
    2021$71,900$34.55+2.3%
    2020$70,200$33.74+0.7%
    2019$69,700$33.49+1.4%
    2018$68,700$33.03+1.3%

    Recently Added Contractor/Consultant Salaries

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    Retirement Education Spec In St. Louis, MissouriContract ConsultantDes Moines, IA05/31/2022$36,600
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    Integrated SolutionsXplornet and Shaw Direct ContractorTony, WI05/10/2022$50,000
    Randstad UsInfluencer Relations ContractorBolingbrook, IL05/05/2022$90,000
    Wells FargoEquipment Finance Contract ConsultantMinneapolis, MN05/04/2022$55,300
    United Software Group Inc.Contract Job Opportunity-UX Consultant atTroy, MI05/04/2022$125,220
    Wells FargoEquipment Finance Contract ConsultantDanbury, CT05/04/2022$55,300
    Wells FargoEquipment Finance Contract ConsultantCharlotte, NC05/04/2022$55,300
    Town of CaryContract ConsultantCary, NC04/28/2022$56,035
    Anthem, Inc.Provider Contract/Cofc Consultant SRSan Francisco, CA04/25/2022$95,000

    Contractor/Consultant Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Contractor/Consultants the most?

    Texas pays Contractor/Consultants the most in the United States, with an average salary of $92,168 per year, or $44.31 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Contractor/Consultant?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Contractor/Consultant if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $90,578 per year.

    What type of Contractor/Consultant gets paid the most?

    Executive Consultant gets paid the most. Executive Consultant made a median salary of $154,272. The best-paid 10 percent make $210,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $112,000.

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