2013 Management Consulting Salaries – from Undergraduate and MBA to Interns and more

We’re starting 2013 off with everyone’s favorite topic – consulting salaries! We’ve been compiling data on management consulting salaries now for 3 years. What have we seen? Total compensation packages holding steady in 2011 and 2012 with some slight increases in 2013 (finally – and lucky for you soon-to-be grads!). Base salary for a new MBA at Accenture rose from $132K to $135K, for instance, with a corresponding increase in signing bonus from $33K to $35K. Overall, management consulting continues to be a lucrative field for new undergrads, MBA, interns, and PhDs.

Below we share with you data on salaries from sources with offers starting in 2013 from the following firms:

-Accenture -A.T. Kearney -Bain -Booz & Co -BCG -Deloitte -Ernst & Young -IBM -Infosys -KPMG -L.E.K. -McKinsey -Mercer -Oliver Wyman -PwC -ZS Associates

These are estimates for full-time jobs that start in the Fall of 2013. If our figures don’t sync with your personal experience, we want to hear from you, and so does our MC community. Add your comments at the end of the post with as much detail as you can share. Everything from base salaries and performance bonuses to retirement figures and interesting perks (like a BMW for new hires at ATK Germany!).

Most of our data is for U.S. offices, but many of our readers are located around the globe — in Singapore, India, South Africa, western and eastern Europe, and Asia Pacific. If you are you working in another part of the world at a major consulting firm, we’d love to hear from you too! All of our data is posted anonymously, so feel free to post a comment below or share with us by email.

= = = = = First year out of undergraduate = = = = =

For Accenture… Signing Bonus: $8,000 (Canada: $10,000) Base: $70,000 (Canada: $68,000) Relocation: $2,000 Performance Bonus: up to 10% - – - – - Total compensation: up to $85,000 Retirement: Match 6% for 401k Tuition reimbursement: Available for MBA interns who go back full time, up to $50,000.

For A.T. Kearney… Signing Bonus: $5,000 (Toronto: $5,000) Base: $65,000 (Toronto: $70,000) Relocation: $5-$10,000 (Toronto: $3-$10,000) Performance Bonus: $9,750, up to 15% of base salary (Toronto: up to 20% of base salary) Profit Sharing: $6,500, up to 10% of base depending on firm performance - – - – - Total compensation: up to $86,250 Retirement: Match 6% for 401k

For Bain… Signing Bonus: $5-7,000 Base: $70-75,000 Relocation: $2-$8,000 Performance Bonus: up to $15,000 (20% of base salary) for your first year - – - – - Total compensation: $90,000 + Retirement: 401k contribution of 4.5% of base + bonus, no contribution required.

For Booz & Co… Signing Bonus: $5,000 Base: $72,000 Relocation: $5-15,000 Performance Bonus: up to $14,400/20% of base - – - – - Total compensation: up to $91,400 Retirement: $7,200/10% of base + up to $820/5.7% of bonus

For Boston Consulting Group… Signing Bonus: $5,000 (Canada: $5,000) (Aus: $15,000) Base: $72,000 (Canada: $72,500) (Aus: $64,900) (Germany: €65,000) Relocation: $2-$8,000 (Germany: €3-€10,000) Performance Bonus: up to $16,200 (22.5% of base salary) Profit Sharing: up to $4,400 + 15% of salary and bonus contributed to 401k - – - – - Total compensation: up to $97,600 Retirement: 15% of your base + bonus into your 401k, with employee contribution required.

For Deloitte… Signing Bonus: $10,000 (Canada: $3,000) (NZ: $2,000) Base: $72,500 (Canada: $60,000) (NZ: $44,000) (UK: £34,500) (Germany: €45,000) Relocation: DNK Performance Bonus: DNK (UK: up to 5% for 1st year analysts) - – - – - Total compensation: $82,500 + Retirement: Match 6% for 401k

For Ernst & Young… Signing Bonus: $5,000 Base: $68,000 Relocation: $1,000 (2,000 miles +) Performance Bonus: up to $2,000 - – - – - Total compensation: $75,000 + Retirement: 2.5% total compensation contributed to 401k

For KPMG… Signing Bonus: rare Base: $60,000, annual raise of 5-10% after first year Relocation: can be negotiated Performance Bonus: $3-$7,200 - – - – - Total compensation: $ Retirement: DNK

For McKinsey… Signing Bonus: $5,000 (Canada: $6,000) Base: $70,000 (Canada: 70,000) (Germany: €65,000) Housing: $5,000 Relocation: up to $3,000 (Germany: €3-€10,000) Performance Bonus: none for BAs - – - – - Total compensation: $80,000 Retirement: 12% of total annual compensation (Canada: $10,000 to RRSP)

For L.E.K.… Signing Bonus: $7,500 Base: $73,000 Relocation: $2,500 Performance Bonus: Worldwide bonus up to $14,600/20% of base - – - – - Total compensation: Up to $97,600

For Mercer… Signing Bonus: DNK Base: $60,000 based on 40 hour work week Relocation: DNK Performance Bonus: no bonus, instead paid time and a half for all hours over 40 - – - – - Total compensation: Variable Retirement: DNK

For IBM Global Business Services, Canada… Signing Bonus: $5,000 Base: $60,000 Relocation: $3,000 Performance Bonus: up to 12% of base - – - – - Total compensation: up to $75,200 Retirement: 4% pension matching

For Oliver Wyman… Signing Bonus: $10,000 (Canada: $10,000) Base: $75,000 (Canada: $75,000) Performance Bonus: up to $15,000 (20% of base salary) for your first year, and 40% of base salary for your second year (guaranteed) - – - – - Total compensation: $100,000 Retirement: DNK

For PwC… Signing Bonus: $3-5,000 Base: $65,000 (Canada: $55,000) Relocation: included in signing bonus Performance Bonus:  10-15% first year, increases each year (Canada: 5-15% discretionary) - – - – - Total compensation: $74,500 +

For ZS Associates… Signing Bonus: $5,500 (Canada: $5,000) Base: $60,000 (Canada: $75,000) Relocation: $4,000 (Canada: $2,500) Performance Bonus: 1st year average $6,000 (Canada: 1st year capped at 10% then removed) - – - – - Total compensation: 71,500 + Retirement: Match 3% for 401k

Here are a few more pre-MBA consulting salaries in EMEA:

  • For BCG in Amsterdam: €45,000 base, up to 15% bonus, €3,000 moving allowance
  • For Bain in Amsterdam: €42,000 base, up to 25% bonus, €4,000 moving allowance
  • For Booz in Amsterdam: €48,000 base, up to 15% bonus
  • For M/B/B in Spain: €30-35,000
  • For Deloitte and PwC in Spain: €20-25,000
  • For McKinsey Research Analyst in Poland: €22,000 base
  • For McKinsey Consultant in Poland: €50,000 base
  • For Deloitte Consultant in Poland: €43-45,000 base
  • For Deloitte/PwC Manager in Poland: €67,000 base

= = = = = First year out of MBA/grad programs = = = = =

For Accenture… Signing Bonus: $35,000 Base: $135,000 Relocation: $8,000 Performance Bonus: up to $43,500 - – - – - Total compensation: at least $170,000 Retirement: DNK Tuition reimbursement: up to $80,000 ($50,000 after taxes)

For A.T. Kearney Germany (MSc, not MBA)… Signing Bonus: DNK Base: €65,000 (PhD: €80,000) Relocation: €3-€10,000 Performance Bonus: €6,500-€9,750 (PhD: €16,000) - – - – - Total compensation: €71,500 + (PhD: €76,000 +) Retirement: 401k contribution up to $8,000 Auto: BMW 3 series, Audi A4, or Mercedes C-class

For Bain… Signing Bonus: $20,000 Base: $135,000 Performance Bonus: up to $35,000 for your first year - – - – - Total compensation: $184,000 Retirement: 401k contribution up to $8,000

For BCG… Signing Bonus: $20,000 Base: $135,000 Performance Bonus: up to $40,000 for your first year Relocation: $2-5,000 depending on distance - – - – - Total compensation: at least $197,000 Retirement: up to $9,000/5% of bonus + salary is put into retirement fund, no contributions required Down the road: Project leaders at BCG (approximately 2-3 years out of B-school) were paid $185,000 base.

For Deloitte… Signing Bonus: $35,000 (Canada non-MBA: $5,000) Base: $135,000 (Canada non-MBA: $70,000) Performance Bonus: DNK Relocation: $0-10,000 depending on distance (e.g. new hire who moved 200 miles was given $5,000) - – - – - Total compensation: at least $165,000 Retirement: monthly retirement fund portion match, year-end 10% retirement fund contribution

For Ernst & Young… Signing Bonus: $20,000 Base: $120,000 Performance Bonus: DNK - – - – - Total compensation: at least $140,000 Retirement: DNK

For Infosys… Signing Bonus: $20,000 Base: $117,000 Relocation: $3,000 non-discretionary relocation (reimbursement for movers/storage) Performance Bonus: DNK - – - – - Total compensation: $140,000 + Retirement: DNK

For KPMG: Signing Bonus: DNK Base: $130,000 Performance Bonus: DNK Relocation: DNK - – - – - Total compensation: $130,000 + Retirement & profit sharing: DNK

For L.E.K…. Signing Bonus: $25,000 Base: $135,000 Performance Bonus: up to $25,000 for your first year Relocation: $5,000 - – - – - Total compensation: at least $190,000 Retirement & profit sharing: up to $30,000

For McKinsey… Signing Bonus: $20,000 Base: $135,000 Performance Bonus: up to $35,000 for your first year Relocation: $2-9,000 depending on distance - – - – - Total compensation: at least $192,000 Retirement: up to $20,400/12% of bonus + salary is put into retirement fund, no contributions required

BCG and McKinsey post-grad/MBA salaries are almost identical — although McKinsey has a $10K lower base, they also have a $10K higher retirement contribution.

For Mercer… Signing Bonus: DNK Base: $85,000 Performance Bonus: up to $17,000/20% of base - – - – - Total compensation: at least $102,000 (does not include signing bonus) Retirement: DNK

= = = = = Summer Internships = = = = =

Summer internships range from a short 10-week period (par for the course in the U.S.) to a longer 16-week period (more popular in Canada and EMEA). The below are monthly salary figures for the internship, unless otherwise noted:

A.T.Kearney: $11,000 Accenture MBA: $11,000 + $4,000 relocation BCG: $12,500 BCG MBA: $12,500 Bain: $11,500 Deloitte: $11,500 + $2,500 joining bonus IMS: $11,000 + bonus L.E.K.: $11,000 McKinsey: $10,500 Parthenon Group MBA: $35,000, includes base + bonus (for 16 weeks) PwC: $27.50/hour + overtime (and 1 week trip to Disney World) (MBA rate $60/hr) ZS Associates: $11,000

Some perspective

Compared to 2011 and 2012 consulting salary levels–when the compensation data was fairly flat, hiring numbers were depressed, and competition for top talent from other industries (including Banking) was weak–we’re seeing some pickup in 2013. Many firms had higher targets going into fall recruiting and have offered slightly increased base salaries and signing bonuses.

Major acquisitions in 2012 have made some waves that will affect current and future hires in the consulting industry. Deloitte acquired a bankrupt Monitor and seems to be rising in the ranks in terms of attracting top candidates. IBM announced the acquisition of Kenexa, marking the company’s move into the global talent management market (catching up with SAP’s SuccessFactors and Oracle’s Taleo). Infosys purchased the Swiss firm Lodestone Holding AG and PwC bought Ant’s Eye View, a boutique social media strategy development and consulting firm. Accenture made several acquisitions in 2012, buying Singapore-based Newspage, marketing-focused firm avVenta Worldwide, Nokia Siemens Networks IPTV business, and Octagon Research Solutions in the pharma space.

Though these were dazzling and created ripples in our proud pond, no consulting acquisition made the news quite like Disney’s $4B purchase of Lucasfilm, one of the most momentous buys of 2012. (Sorry, we just had to throw that in there!)

As always, we want to share compensation data for as many firms, regions, and seniority levels as we can. If you’re a new hire for 2013, you can help us do that. Add your comment below or send us an email.

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  • Binny

    Where did you obtain the 0-25% performance bonus number for Deloitte from? My S&O offer letter does not mention any ranges for performance bonus, so I was wondering if you heard it from HR or from current consultants…any idea what is the more typical (median) number?

  • Binny

    Did you get any color on the 1st yr MBA bonus %?

  • Binny

    Rohan, did you get any color on the 1st yr MBA bonus % at Deloitte?

  • Will

    Well, I guess I got ripped off. I’ve worked as a Systems Engineer for a little over 3 years and just got hired as an experienced Analyst with Accenture. 75k base + 8k sign-on. My company countered 95k to keep me but I decided to move on still. If only I had come across this site 2 months ago.

  • pikachu

    The IBM GBS Consulting By Degrees (undergrad, commercial sector):
    Base – $71k
    Sign On: 7k
    Performance Based Profit Sharing: 0-12%
    401k: up to 5% match

  • pikachu

    hence why you shouldn’t work in public sector

    IBM GBS Consulting By Degrees (undergrad, commercial sector):
    Base – $71k
    Sign On: 7k
    Performance Based Profit Sharing: 0-12%
    401k: up to 5% match

  • pikachu

    Anon is right…

    The IBM GBS Consulting By Degrees (undergrad, commercial sector):
    Base – $71k
    Sign On: 7k
    Performance Based Profit Sharing: 0-12%
    401k: up to 5% match

  • Saurabh Saxena

    Hi I am a first year MBA student at UConn and would be interning with PwC this summer. I would be joining their risk assurance arm for ERP control and security. I have 9 years of prior ERP consultancy experience mostly in Europe and USA , while working for an Indian IT Company (Tata Consultancy). PwC has offered me $26.5 +OT for the internship. They have also offered me full time position but salary and designation needs to be discussed. I am trying to know what would be a fair compensation for my experience and qualification.

  • Dio

    Just got my BCG MBA summer offer for $26K / 10 weeks in a medium cost of living location.

  • Dio

    I was at Accenture strategy… they give the best starting package, but things slow down REAL quick, relative to everyone else.

  • Emc5

    Hi I am a sophomore right now and just applied for the student empowerment program for Accenture! I’m extremely excited and hope to start a career in management consulting especially at Accenture. Let me know any useful information you think I can benefit from!

  • Shawn

    Did you receive a signing bonus?

  • acn guy

    The $7500 is per offering period. There are 2 offering periods per year, so a limit if $15,000 Annually.

  • DLive

    are you Fresh out of college?

  • woo.

    Bain also offers relocation. Up to $15,000 depending on distance. (This is for 2013 MBA grads–should have clarified.)

  • El_bioeng

    Only one of these specifies for a PhD. Anyone know how a recent PhD graduate fares compared to these (which I assume apply mostly to MBA graduate)? Higher or lower? By a lot or a little?

    Thanks!

  • TT

    I can also confirm that the EMEA Spain base salary for B/B is 35.000€ + up to a 25% bonus + health insurance.