Strategy / Management Consulting Pay By Title

Firms like McKinsey, Bain, and BCG are some of the top strategy/management consulting firms undergraduates and MBA graduates seek to join every year. But to get to partner and $1,000,000+ generally takes about 10 years after business school, and only a few make it that far.

Here's the salary progression for the best management consulting firms today.

Consulting Pay By Title

First-year out of undergrad:

  • Base: ~$80k
  • Signing Bonus: ~$5k
  • Performance Bonus: up to ~$12k

First year out of MBA:

  • Base: ~$150k
  • Signing Bonus: ~$25k
  • Performance Bonus: up to ~$44k

Manager/Project Leader (2-3 years out of MBA):

  • Base: $190-210k
  • Bonus: $80-120k

Associate Principal/Senior Project Leader (4-5 years out of MBA): 

  • Base: $230-300k
  • Bonus: $110-200k

Junior Partner/Principal (6-8 years out of MBA): 

  • Base: $320-400k
  • Bonus: $300-500k

Senior Partner/Director (10+ years out of MBA): 

  • Base: $400-600k
  • Bonus: $500k+ (all-in, senior partners at top firms usually make $1M+; top partners can make $4-5M while ultra-performers can make more)

Work In Consulting And Then Move To A Client

Management consulting is a well-paying industry as you can see from the data above. But if you don't make it to Partner or you feel you are not on the right track to making it to partner, I suggest finding an excellent client to join and go from there. Lifestyle will be better due to much less travel, and pay will be similar.


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