Solutions Architect Salary

Solutions Architects in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $112K per year on average. In the world of Solutions Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $27K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $21K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $79K and $169K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by career length and location. Most Solutions Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$75,985 - $147,580
(Median)
$76K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,951
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$46.04 - $123.11
(Median)
$46
$76
$120
MEDIAN: $76.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,985 - $147,580  
   
Bonus
$1,961 - $27,125  
Profit Sharing
$1,029 - $20,648  
Commission
$7,240 - $47,983  
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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$79,262 - $169,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,556
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,961 - $27,125  
   
Commission
$7,240 - $47,983  
Profit Sharing
$1,029 - $20,648  
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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$79,262 - $169,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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For Solutions Architects, advancing into an IT Chief Architect role, for which the median salary is $135K, is not common but it does happen. More often, however, Solutions Architects go on to become Senior Software Architects or Information Technology Architects.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect


Solutions Architects flock to Hewlett-Packard Company, Ericsson Inc., Cisco Systems Inc, Wipro Technologies Ltd., and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. With a median salary of $159K, Amazon.com Inc offers Solutions Architects the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $124K and are capped at $203K. Other big spenders include Cisco Systems Inc, Oracle Corp., and Teradata Corp, top-paying firms where Solutions Architects see paychecks nearing $157K, $147K, or $142K.

Acxiom Corporation reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $76K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp at $98K, and IBM Global Services where $100K is the norm, but it is worth noting that 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, Virtualization, Technical Sales, and Enterprise Solutions are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Project Management. The majority of those 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $89K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $113K. On average, Solutions Architects make $128K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $138K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Solutions Architects in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Solutions Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Seattle (+12 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
up arrow 2%

IT Consulting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$121,000

Network Architecture / Design
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C#
up arrow 1%

.NET
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 603 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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