Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $164K) surpassing six figures annually. Overall cash earnings for Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills stretch from $98K on the lower end to $281K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $81K from bonuses and $52K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$95,758 - $237,209
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$96K
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MEDIAN: $164,429
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$95,758 - $237,209  
   
Bonus
$3,072 - $81,389  
Profit Sharing
$2,959 - $51,661  
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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$98,238 - $281,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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
$3,072 - $81,389  
   
Commission
$22,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,959 - $51,661  
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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$98,238 - $281,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills. Annually raking in $110K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $174K. 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 $195K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $179,011

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, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+34 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Chief Technology Officers with Software Architecture skills in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (12 percent lower) and Seattle (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$179,000


Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 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: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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