Solutions Architect Salary

Solutions Architects receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $114K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $29K, $16K, and $43K, respectively — total cash payment to Solutions Architects can bottom out near $75K or top out at around $173K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but years of experience and location are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Solutions Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Solutions Architects (88 percent) who took the survey. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$71,690 - $151,486
$72K
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MEDIAN: $113,986
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$29.49 - $120.32
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MEDIAN: $71.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,690 - $151,486  
   
Bonus
$2,519 - $29,444  
Profit Sharing
$967 - $15,676  
Commission
$5,017 - $42,574  
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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$75,193 - $173,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,624
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.49 - $120.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39  
Overtime
$35.75 - $101.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,519 - $29,444  
   
Commission
$5,017 - $42,574  
Profit Sharing
$967 - $15,676  
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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$75,193 - $173,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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Job Description for Solutions Architect

Solutions architects are in charge of creating, designing, and implementing arrangements within a business. They help to build new systems needed by the company and must be able to identify the business' current problems and future technological goals. They are also in charge of communicating with other departments to implement new plans and goals. Solutions architects can work in the fields of business development, business planning, mentoring, management, or quality assurance. In some cases, they are also recruited to teach and guide.

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Solutions Architect Tasks

  • Act as the lead for the translation of business objectives and requirements into functional solutions.
  • Prepare and document testing requirements as well as all test data.
  • Lead brainstorming sessions and identify areas for process improvements.
  • Prioritize goals and objectives, and monitor the work of others.
  • Design and develop technical solutions based on existing technologies.

Common Career Paths for Solutions Architect


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While Solutions Architects do not often become Chief Technology Officers, the job pays $148K per year on average. It is more probable, however, that Solutions Architects become IT Enterprise Architects or Senior Software Architects.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect


Slalom Consulting, Ericsson Inc., Amazon.com Inc, EMC Corporation, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are all popular places to work. Solutions Architects flock to Vmware, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $165K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Perficient, Inc., where earnings of $154K, $148K, or $138K are standard for Solutions Architects.

Other low-paying employers include Acxiom Corporation at $76K and IBM Global Services at $100K, though some Solutions Architects there earn up to $199K.

Popular Skills for Solutions Architect


Survey results imply that Solutions Architects deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Java/J2EE, Network Architecture / Design, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management and SQL. Most people who know Enterprise Solutions also know Enterprise Application Integration, IT Consulting, and Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Solutions Architect

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Inexperienced workers earn around $90K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $117K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Solutions Architects make a median salary of $131K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $143K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $121,891

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

Home to some of the best pay for Solutions Architects, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Solutions Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent), New York (+15 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Phoenix and Austin earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

Solutions Architect Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Solutions Architect?

Solutions Architect in Rochester:
`"$Great Potential, Work Flexibility."`
Pros: -Work with highly talented individuals. -Travel to clients. -Flexible and loose work environment. -Involve with projects when applicable.
Cons: -Not enough opportunities to grow. -Benefits are not that great. -Management.

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Key Stats for Solutions Architect

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 352 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Solutions Architect Salaries

▲17%

▲7%

National Average
$122,000

▼4%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Solutions Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 352 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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