This looks likely to continue in 2023 as many firms, including the Big Three, have increased MBA consulting salaries. That follows inflationary pressure and increasing competition for talent from within technology and finance.
McKinsey & Company and Bain & Company which offer the highest overall compensation packages among the Big Three, each offer base salaries of around $192,000 per annum. Bain also offers performance bonuses of up to $63,000 to MBA graduates, while at McKinsey the figure is $45,000.
While pursuing an MBA or master’s program comes at a significant cost, if you’re considering a consulting career after business school you’ll likely make a swift return on your investment.
Here, we roundup the headline stats for consulting salaries for MBA and master’s graduates at some of the world’s biggest consulting firms, from Management Consulted’s 2023 Consulting Salary Report.
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The Big Three
Bain & Company
Bain consultant salary prospects are very promising for MBA graduates. The Big Three, also known as MBB, all offer base consultant salaries of at least $190k with Bain offering a total of $192,000. The firm also offers performance bonuses of $63,000 and a signing bonus of $30,000.
Master’s degree graduates can expect to earn around $112,000 with performance bonuses of up to $22,500. Signing bonuses for Bain master’s-level recruits are $5,000.
Bain is ranked the world’s best consulting firm to work for based on its strong compensation as well as other benefits like work-life balance.
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
BCG consultant salaries and bonuses are almost identical to those at Bain. BCG consultant salary prospects are $190,000 for MBA graduates and $110,000 for master’s graduates.
BCG offers less PTO (vacation) than Bain and McKinsey. It offers 15 days per year for both master's and MBA grads, compared with 25 (MBA) and 20 (master's) at Bain, and 19 days for both at McKinsey.
Master’s grads at BCG earn up to $25,000 in performance bonuses.
McKinsey & Company
McKinsey MBA consultants earn $192,000 in base salary with performance bonuses of up to $45,000. McKinsey also offers 50% off second year MBA tuition for returning interns.
A McKinsey consultant salary for master’s graduates comes in at $112,000 with performance bonuses of up to $30,000.
Like any consulting firm, salaries at McKinsey increase as consultants go up the ranks from junior associate to associate to partner.
The Big Four
MBA salaries for the Big Four accounting and professional services firms are increasingly competitive and Deloitte consultant salary prospects are no different
Deloitte Strategy & Analytics (S&A) offers MBA graduates base salaries of $175,000; Deloitte Consulting offers up to $163,000; Deloitte Federal $128,000; Deloitte Government & Public Services $117,000. MBA consultants at Deloitte Human Capital and Deloitte Tech earn $160,000.
Performance bonuses for MBAs vary across the organization but those at Deloitte S&A can see bonuses up to $43,750 and Deloitte Human Capital consultants can expect to supplement their salary with bonuses of up to $32,200. Those at Deloitte Consulting can earn up to $25,650.
Master’s level consultants earn base salaries of up to $105,000 at Deloitte Consulting and around $26,250 in performance bonuses.
Ernst & Young (EY)
EY offers some of the best consultant salaries among the Big Four accounting and professional services firms. MBA consultants at EY can expect base consulting salaries of $175,000.
EY-Parthenon, which focuses on strategy consulting, also offers MBA hires $175,000 in base salary.
The EY consultant salary for master’s level graduates is $85,000 while master’s grads can earn $100,000 at EY-Parthenon, which also tends to recruit mostly from top-ranked business schools.
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KPMG offers MBA consultants $145,000 in base salary and performance bonuses of up to $17,400 as well as a signing bonus of up to $35,000,
Master’s-level graduates earn $78,000 per year and can expect a signing bonus up to $10,000.
PwC MBA consultants earn base salaries of $175,000 on joining the firm and up to $40,000 in performance bonuses. MBA consultants hired by Strategy&, the global strategy consulting team at PwC, get paid an impressive $190,000 base salary.
Master’s graduates at PwC earn a base salary of $85,000, with a signing bonus of $5,000. ]
MBA & Masters Consulting Salaries
More top consulting salaries
While the Big Three and Big Four firms tend to offer the most attractive salaries for new MBA and master’s-level hires, there are many other consulting firms with attractive compensation packages.
The highest-paying boutique consulting firms tend to offer MBA salaries ranging from $150,000 to $190,000.
MBA consultant salaries at firms like Accenture Strategy, LEK Consulting, and Oliver Wyman rival the Big Three, with base salaries ranging from $160,000-to-$190,000. Oliver Wyman offers roughly the same as the MBB with MBA grads earning $190,000 in base salary.
Consulting salaries for master’s graduates at these firms are also high with base salaries ranging from $80-to-$110,000.
Other boutique consulting firms, including big-names like Infosys and Grant Thornton, are also increasingly popular.
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The salary figures in this article are for those joining management consulting positions in 2023. The data was sourced by ManagementConsulted from interview prep clients who received written job offers.