Working at Accenture: How Much Does a Senior Manager Make?

by Asif Khan

Last year, I wrote a post about how much a Partner (Managing Director) at Accenture makes. It went on to become the most popular post on this site, by far.

I thought I would write a follow up article on the role that leads to Managing Director. Being a Senior Manager is a pretty great role since it exposes you to much of the responsibilities of a Managing Director without the actual accountability (ie sales quota)–and, to an extent, without the actual perks (ie the long term stock awards).


First, the usual disclaimers. I’m not revealing any proprietary information. The information presented here is from publicly available sources and some is based on my actual experience and anecdotal evidence from others in similar roles. As usual, I’m basing these numbers on a Technology Consulting role in the US because that is the role I was in most recently. Your mileage may vary.

First, let’s review the estimated pay structure leading up to the Senior Manager role:

An Analyst fresh out of college (a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is a minimum requirement to get hired by Accenture) or with a couple years of outside experience after college can expect to earn in the range of USD50K-USD100K.

A Consultant with 4-6 years post-college work experience can expect to earn a total compensation in the range of USD75K-USD125K.

A Manager with 6-10 years experience at Accenture can expect to earn a total compensation in the range of USD100K-USD175K.

Finally, a Senior Manager who has worked his/her way up at Accenture (or is an experienced hire joining Accenture at the Senior Manager level) can expect to earn a total compensation in the range of USD150K-USD300K.

These numbers are based on total compensation including performance and company bonuses (but not including stock grants which can add significantly to the total payout). I intentionally presented a wide range of pay for each level because there are several factors that can impact final pay. In general, an outside hire brought in at the Sr Manager level will make more money than someone who worked their way up from Analyst. Also, the firm makes exceptions for people with unique backgrounds. I referred a friend who was a VP of IT for a major financial services firm. I worked with a former physician (medical doctor) who worked in the HealthCare practice. I assume they were offered a compensation package at the very high end of the spectrum. Your pay can fluctuate greatly depending on your prior experience.

Now let’s drill into some of the factors that determine your total compensation.


The comp plan for Analysts and Consultants is pretty straightforward. You get a base salary and a bonus of around 5-10% based on your performance appraisal at the end of the performance year (which is about 3 months prior to the end of the fiscal year). The manager gets up to an additional 5% bonus based on how the company does. A Manager may also get some stock in the form of Restricted Stock Units. RSUs, unlike options, don’t have a strike price. You get the entire value of the shares but you can only cash it out after a specified period. At Accenture, the vesting period is 3 years, with one third vesting every 12 months (rather than 1/36th every month as I’ve had with previous employers).


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33 thoughts on “Working at Accenture: How Much Does a Senior Manager Make?

  1. Hi Asif,

    1st of all, Great Blog. (Enjoy reading through all your informative info here)

    #1. At Accenture, can you charge all of your traveling expenses on your own personal credit card and get it reimbursed or do you have to use their corp card?

    #2. Do you get some sort of Per Diem (on meals) while your on business travel? Do they require you to provide all the receipts for these meals…etc?

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    – J

    1. J,

      I, and several other colleagues, used our personal cards for day to day expenses–usually to earn reward points :-). I never had any issues doing that. A couple of exceptions where you are either required, or are strongly encouraged, to use the Corp AmEx is for airfare and rental cars. Accenture has central billing with the travel agency for airfare and insurance agreements with rental cars so I would definitely use the Corp AmEx for those two. But the rest is fine to use your personal card.

      When you are on a project, you are given a per diem. It is around $80 but depends based on where your project is and the associated cost of living in that city. You can use that money for whatever you want. No receipts required.

      In addition, depending on your project leadership and the role you are in, you may have an additional expense account to take your client out for lunch and that sort of thing.

      Hope this helps. Keep reading :-)

  2. Asif, thanks for sharing some helpful insights.I have a question on the Senior Manager Level 6. Someone with close to 18 years of IT experience and overall work experience of 20+ years, what would be your suggestion if offered SM Level 6 position? How does it reflect compared to the peers in the market like IBM, Deloitte or for that matter even companies like Infosys or Cognizant or TCS? Appreciate any inputs for negotiations for the levels as well as salary

    1. Victo, when you say SM Level 6, do you mean SM with 6 years “at level”? If so, that is a really good position to be in. You are required to be in the SM position for 3 years before being eligible for promotion to Managing Director. So they are bringing you in at the SM level with the expectation that you should qualify for MD very soon. I’ll be honest that, in my experience, Accenture in general is not good at assessing what level someone should come in at and they usually decide based on your current salary. What they typically do is match your current salary but give you a nice signing bonus and stock grant as incentive. When I was hired, I was brought in at Level 2 (using your parlance) and I was told that was the highest level at which they can bring someone in. But I referred a friend who was a VP of IT, and they offered him Level 4, I believe so nothing is set in stone. As far as how it compares with the other consulting firms, Accenture is pretty tightly aligned with Deloitte and PwC as far as levels go (even though the titles are different). I can’t speak for the others. Hope this helps.


      Asif Khan

      On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


      1. Thanks, Asif. I don’t think Level 6 means 6 years at that level at the onset. I believe, it is the lowest (in other words starting level of SM). I wasn’t sure how it maps to competitors in the Services space. Thanks for the detailed response though. I will wait to see what they have to offer as salary and other perks.

      2. OK so that is a recent change. I didn’t realize you were talking about Services. I thought you were interviewing for a Consulting role. Services follows a letter system (Level E = entry level analyst and Level A = Sr Mgr). It looks like now they are adding number levels to each letter level. So you are interviewing for a Level A6. The Managing Directors follow a similar numbering system. If you think you deserve to be at a higher band, you should bring it up during negotiations. Good luck!


        Asif Khan

  3. Hey Asif,

    You should be a full-time writer. Your blogs are engaging, easy to read (not boring), and straight to the point. Heck, they even make me laugh :D .

    On another note, is there any piece of advice you would give a college student looking to (someday) work in IT consulting? Maybe, career advice, what are current trends, what types of jobs to apply for, etc? Books/websites/topics anything would help.


    1. Ricardo, thank you for the nice comment! I have lots of advice but I’ll keep it somewhat brief here. Feel free to follow up with me if you want to chat further. I would say the most important thing is to start early. I spent the summer BEFORE my senior year learning how to interview, how to wear a suit and tie, perfecting my resume, etc. By the end of the Fall semester of my senior year, I had perfected my interview techniques and I had just landed my dream job…most of my classmates hadn’t even started thinking about looking for a job yet. I had the advantage of interviewing when I really didn’t have much competition. My employer gave me six months before I had to start work so I traveled and just enjoyed myself while others were competing for the overcrowded on-campus interviews in the Spring.

      Good luck to you and keep visiting the blog. I took a break for awhile but I plan to start writing again. My focus now will mostly be on career advice :-)


      Asif Khan

      On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


      1. Thanks for the quick reply Asif! I’m going to take you up on that offer to chat further.

        I have been paying a lot of attention to getting better at interviewing and have been able to get 2 Co-Ops (6 month internships) with some pretty awesome companies.

        I don’t want to bore you with lots of info about me so I’ll cut right to the chase. I want to learn more about the cloud and who is a better person to ask than someone with great success and experience in this field. I would like to get educated and be better prepared (technically) for future interviews.

        Please let me know what you think.

  4. Hi Asif,
    It was interesting to read your blogs as I am on my last stage of interview called a Confirm interview, which I was not told by the recruiter. I had applied for a Manager position, and already completed 1-hr, 2-situational, 1-technical, 1-case interviews. The case interview was a HireVue process and the final one so called Confirm interview will be the same process.

    Can you briefly share your knowledge/experience on the confirm interview, as to what I should be expecting. My recruiter told me that its going to be an over-all interview of the past interviews, and I jokingly asked her, is there any after that?
    As I was initially told I will be having 5 rounds since it was a manager position.

    1. Yousef, I went through the same interview process as you but I only had one situational interview whereas you had two. I guess it depends on what type of role you are applying for. My role was more technology focused so there was less emphasis on situational. The final confirm interview is definitely required. This is where you interview with a Managing Director to make sure that you are going to be a personality and cultural fit for the company. Don’t treat it as a formality though! It can be a tough interview. Mine definitely was! The interviews you completed demonstrate your professional capabilities. The final interview is to make sure that you will be successful in the role. If you make it that far, as long as you present yourself well, you should be fine. Good luck!


      Asif Khan

      On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:38 AM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


  5. Hi Asif, you have a wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing the details.

    My question to you is, Accenture is looking to place me as a Delivery Manager. I am currently a Senior Manager with 16 years of experience. Typically at Accenture, would the delivery manager be mapped to Senior Manager designation?

    What is the salary you can expect as an offering from Accenture?

    Say for e.g you are currently drawing a 110K (including bonus), how much max Accenture can offer?


    1. Sandy, the titles can vary in different organizations within Accenture so I can’t say for sure what a delivery manager maps to. It sounds like it is part of the Services Organization (as opposed to Consulting). This is where you are assigned to one client for long term (typically an IT outsource engagement). If so, they don’t use Sr Mgr, Mgr, Consultant, Analyst. They use Level A-D. You need to ask them what Level you are being considered for. Level A is equivalent to Sr Mgr. Level D is equivalent to Analyst. Level A is what you want. As far as compensation, it depends on where you live/work but in general, they tend to offer you approximately what you are currently making but will also offer you a nice signing bonus and a stock grant.

      You won’t get rich working at Accenture (unless you are promoted to Managing Director and stay for at least five years) but the experience will boost your career regardless of what you choose to do long term. Good luck.


      Asif Khan

      On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 9:12 PM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


  6. Hi,

    I really liked your blog and it is helpful especially for those who are expecting to be hired by Accenture..

    I have 10.5 years of IT experience (all relevant exp) …What would be appropriate level for me in Accenture (Manager OR Senior Manager) ? How much base salary I should ask for during interview ? ( currently undergoing recruitment process)…


    1. Tejas, I have to admit that, in my experience, Accenture doesn’t do a very good job of bringing in people at the right level. It seems as though they place you based on how much money you currently make. So it is up to you to demonstrate that you are qualified for the level you prefer. Read through some of my other posts to get an idea of what the different roles are like. If you feel that you are qualified to be a Sr Manager, then you should campaign for it.

      As far as starting salary, they do a pretty good job of offering you a package that pretty closely matches what you currently earn and then offer you a generous stock grant and signing bonus to sweeten the pot. Hope this helps.


      Asif Khan

      On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 9:11 PM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


      1. Thanks Asif…

        I have applied for a position which says “Senior Manager+” in it.. So I would assume that I am being mapped to the same.

        By the way, is signing bonus common part of the total compensation and provided to everybody who joins to Accenture OR is it specific to some candidates to fll the salary expectation gap ?
        How much is usual signing bonus ( range or % ) ?

      2. I don’t think everyone gets a bonus. It really depends on the gap between your current and proposed salary and your willingness to negotiate. For example, let’s say you currently make $120K. They might offer you $100K and then give you a $30K signing bonus and $30K worth of stock grants exercisable over 3 years. So if you amortize this amount over 3 years, they just matched your current salary. Plus you will get a performance bonus so you should make more than $120K per year. Make sense?


        Asif Khan

        On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


  7. Hello Asif,
    I am currently pursuing an opportunity with Accenture. I had few questions.

    Do they provide sign in bonus for experience candidates? My total exp is 9 yr with 4 yr at management level.

    What kind of stock option package if any we can negotiate with the offer?

    1. It depends on what level you are hired at. The benefits overall improve considerably once you get to Manager level. If you are hired as a Manager or Sr Manager, you can expect a signing bonus equal to about 10-20% of your first year pay. Of course this depends on a lot of factors. For me, I got a large bonus because I had a higher than average income from my previous job so they needed to compensate for that.

      Also, at the manager level or higher, you can expect a stock award. It is not stock options but rather, stock grants (Restricted Stock Units or RSUs). RSUs are far superior to stock grants because there is no strike price…you get the entire value of the shares upon your vesting period (stock usually vests every 12 months over a 3 year period).


      Asif Khan

      On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


  8. You have an excellent blog and I do enjoy reading your articles. Please keep up the good job. I’m a current Accenture employee and would be interested in an article that describes the transition from a consultant to a manager level : both role wise and compensation wise. Thanks

    1. I covered compensation in this post. As far as the role, your career counselor will help you identify consultant roles where you manage other resources (usually analysts). To make the leap to manager, you need to demonstrate that you can do the role so you will need to be assigned roles where you are managing other resources.


      Asif Khan

      On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


  9. Asif
    I would like to echo others’ comments on the wonderful insight you are providing us on Accenture.

    I am looking for a Manager position at Accenture Technology division (SAP Consulting). I have about 10 years of experience in a combination of top consulting company and end user company implementing SAP solutions. I have the following 2 questions for you!

    1) I live in a state where Accenture does not have an office. Will Accenture expect me to relocate to a different location? And if so, will Accenture offer relocation package?

    2) I read somewhere that Accenture internally categorizes Managers as M1, M2 & M3 levels and the compensation for a hire is based on the categorization. Is that accurate?


    1. Gus, thanks for visiting the blog. You probably won’t have to relocate. There is a rule that says you have to live within 150 miles of an Accenture office but there are offices everywhere. I live in San Diego and the local office is a Federal Government office. You need a security clearance to get past the lobby, which I don’t have. I literally was not allowed to set foot inside my home office. Eventually, they transferred me to the LA office which was about 100 miles away. I was assigned to that office but I never set foot inside that office. As my career counselor put it: “I don’t care where you live as long as you are close to an airport!”

      When you are hired as a Manager or Senior Manager, you are hired “at level.” So, for example, I was hired as a Senior Manager with two years “at level” which means that I was hired with two years of seniority at my level. This meant that I was eligible for candidacy to Managing Director within 1-3 years. If the terminology has changed from “at level” to M1, M2, etc, I was not aware of it. But the concept is still the same. Good luck and let us know if you join. It’s a great company to work for!


      Asif Khan

      On Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


  10. Hi,
    Thanks for this post :)
    I’m a fresh university graduate and had an opportunity to intern with Accenture over summer in its technology consulting team.
    I understand that there has been a reorganization in the company with Accenture Strategy, Digital, Technology and Operation taking over from the traditional Management consulting, technology consulting and solutions mix.
    How does technology consulting as a business division now fit into this new environment?

    1. Boooinky, I’m sorry but I don’t have much detail on the latest restructuring. I do know that Accenture is always changing its structure to better meet the needs of the market and its clients. If you are looking for a position with Accenture upon graduation, I wouldn’t worry too much about the organizational structure. Just get the offer. Once you are in the position, you will have plenty of opportunities to find projects that will interest you and you can define what your career track will evolve into. The only thing that is constant at Accenture is change. Good luck to you and enjoy the ride!


      Asif Khan

      On Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


  11. I have just completed my closing interview. I have read that HR calls almost immediately after the interview if the outcome is positive. If I do not hear from them within the day, do I take it that I did not make it? I have to get back to another company concerning their offer on monday.

  12. I don’t have a degree, don’t mention one on my resume or Linkedin Profile, but have made it through to the Managing Director interview for a Sr. Manager position. Have you ever seen Accenture hire experienced, intelligent, non-degree holders?

    1. Josh, I referred a good friend of mine to my Accenture recruiter about two years ago. He had completed all but his last semester of college. My recruiter said unless he was an exceptional candidate, he wouldn’t even be considered for an initial screening. To get an exception, we had to get signed approval from a Managing Director. My friend decided to look elsewhere instead. Accenture’s loss.

      You may be an exceptional candidate with a very specific set of skills they are looking for and they may have waived the degree requirement. Or they may have just overlooked it during the screening process. Or, I don’t know what country you are in so maybe it is not a requirement where you live.

      Here’s what I would do. First, get the written offer. Then you will be required to fill out an application and they will start the background check. I assume at this point, if it was an oversight, then you need to have a discussion. It was their responsibility to inform you. But chances are, they may decide that they have come this far and that they will get an MD to approve the exception. If you are an exceptional candidate, then congratulations to you. I wish I was as smart as you :-)

      On another note, I think the degree requirement is an anachronism. Degrees are largely irrelevant in today’s job market. Specific skills, experience and personality are much better indicators of success. So I hope you get the job and I hope Accenture relaxes or eliminates this rule when they realize what incredible talent they have been missing out on. Best of luck to you and keep us updated. There is a large community that we have built here and readers have been helping each other out. Peace. Out.


      Asif Khan

      On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


  13. Thank you so much for writing this. I would love to see a blog post about what people do after Accenture. What are the target jobs people at the Sr Manager level go for. You offer good knowledge into the company. Thanks again!

    1. Thanks for reading. That is a pretty good idea for a blog post (“Life After Accenture”). Let me think about it and see if I can put something interesting together.


      Asif Khan

      On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 8:38 PM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


      1. Hi,
        I have to admit I also liked to read your experience within the accenture world. Thanks for sharing.
        I have been in the company for past three years and I have to admit that I still like it a lot. Writing about your experience after you left the company and joined your new employer would be really interesting. Especially the differences/ benefits :)


      2. Tom, I have heard from several Accenture associates who told me they read this blog. Great to hear! I like your suggestion about life after Accenture. I do plan to write some posts on that topic. You have convinced me to do it now. Thanks!


        Asif Khan

        On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM, The Vaporware Blog wrote:


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