Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with Software Architecture Skills Salary

Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $154K per year on average. In the world of Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills, total cash compensation can vary between $100K and $267K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $72K and $52K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$97,197 - $220,754
(Median)
$97K
$150K
$220K
MEDIAN: $154,197
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$50.34 - $173.83
(Median)
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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $108K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $168K. Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $187K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $169,670

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With a pay rate for Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Portland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+20 percent), New York (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). San Francisco is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Cincinnati (3 percent lower) and San Diego (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$170,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 27%

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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