Solutions Architect Salary

Solutions Architects in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $112K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Solutions Architects, total cash compensation ranges from $79K on the lower end to $169K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $27K and profit sharing that approaches $23K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $48K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by experience level and geographic location. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Solutions Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$76,069 - $147,701
(Median)
$76K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $112,065
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$46.04 - $123.11
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$46
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MEDIAN: $76.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,069 - $147,701  
   
Bonus
$1,965 - $27,230  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $23,140  
Commission
$6,937 - $47,829  
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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$79,244 - $169,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,588
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$46.04 - $123.11  
   
Overtime
$33.88 - $120.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,965 - $27,230  
   
Commission
$6,937 - $47,829  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $23,140  
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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$79,244 - $169,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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

  • Prioritize goals and objectives, and monitor the work of others.
  • Design and develop technical solutions based on existing technologies.
  • Lead brainstorming sessions and identify areas for process improvements.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Solutions Architect


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It doesn't happen often, but some Solutions Architects do move on to become IT Chief Architects. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $135K per year. Becoming a Senior Software Architect or an Information Technology Architect is, however, a more typical career progression for Solutions Architects.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect


Hewlett-Packard Company, Ericsson Inc., Cisco Systems Inc, Wipro Technologies Ltd., and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are all popular places to work. Amazon.com Inc pays the most with a median salary of $159K, though there is little variation overall ($124K to $203K). Other leaders in compensation levels are Cisco Systems Inc at $156K, Oracle Corp. at $147K, and Slalom Consulting, where Solutions Architects annually earn $143K.

Less than half of the top paying company's rate, Acxiom Corporation offers a median salary of just $76K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Also approaching the lower end are Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp at $98K, Ericsson Inc. at $112K, and Wipro Technologies Ltd. at $113K.

Popular Skills for Solutions Architect


Solutions Architects seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Technical Sales, and Java/J2EE are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Project Management. Most people familiar with 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.


Solutions Architects with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $89K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $113K. Solutions Architects see a median salary of $129K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $139K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Solutions Architects, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Solutions Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 1 percent.

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Experience Affects Solutions Architect Salaries



National Average
$121,000



Skills That Affect Solutions Architect Salaries







Software Architecture
up arrow 4%

System Architecture
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IT Consulting
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National Average
$121,000

Network Architecture / Design
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 1%

.NET
up arrow 2%



SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 597 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 6%
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