Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with Software Architecture Skills Salary

Salaries for Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills are generous, with average pay above six figures ($154K) per year. Total cash earnings of Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills range from $100K on the low end to $267K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $72K and $52K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$97,197 - $220,754
(Median)
$97K
$150K
$220K
MEDIAN: $154,197
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$50.34 - $173.83
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$97
$170
MEDIAN: $97.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$97,197 - $220,754  
   
Bonus
$1,000 - $71,652  
Profit Sharing
$2,466 - $51,712  
Commission
$22,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$99,724 - $267,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 499
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$50.34 - $173.83  
   
Overtime
$100.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,000 - $71,652  
   
Commission
$22,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,466 - $51,712  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$99,724 - $267,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Annually raking in $108K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills see a median salary of $168K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $187K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $169,670

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills, Portland offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+20 percent), New York (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, San Francisco is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Cincinnati and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$170,000


Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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