Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $163K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills — which occasionally include more than $78K from bonuses and more than $52K from profit sharing — stretch from around $97K to approximately $276K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$93,360 - $240,078
$93K
$160K
$240K
MEDIAN: $163,107
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50%
90%

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$54.38 - $125.00
$82
MEDIAN: $82.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$93,360 - $240,078  
   
Bonus
$2,883 - $78,463  
Profit Sharing
$2,980 - $51,521  
Commission
$22,500  
Total Pay (?
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$97,226 - $276,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 356
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$82.00  
   
Overtime
$54.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,883 - $78,463  
   
Commission
$22,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,980 - $51,521  
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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$97,226 - $276,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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.


Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $110K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $138K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $170K in this role. 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 $196K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $177,297

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

Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+35 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Portland (+21 percent), and New York (+16 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Chicago and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Key Stats for Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
44%
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Experience Affects Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Salaries


National Average
$177,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

Entry-Level
up arrow 38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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