Solutions Architect Salary

Home to the three top-paying cities for Solutions Architects in the United States (San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles), California dominates the job market for the field. Total incomes of Solutions Architects incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $29K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $80K and $172K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by tenure and location. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$76,220 - $148,856
(Median)
$76K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,751
10%
50%
90%

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$42.18 - $123.77
(Median)
$42
$77
$120
MEDIAN: $76.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,220 - $148,856  
   
Bonus
$2,009 - $28,649  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $20,441  
Commission
$6,787 - $46,073  
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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$79,692 - $171,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,019
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$42.18 - $123.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$35.89 - $118.02  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,009 - $28,649  
   
Commission
$6,787 - $46,073  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $20,441  
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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$79,692 - $171,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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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 $136K per year. However, Solutions Architects typically graduate to IT Enterprise Architects or Senior Software Architects.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect


Solutions Architects fill the offices of leading firms Hewlett-Packard Company, Ericsson Inc., Cisco Systems Inc, EMC Corporation, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. Employees at Amazon.com Inc enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $159K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $126K and higher ones not far away at only $200K. Solutions Architects will also find cushy salaries at Cisco Systems Inc (+$156K), Oracle Corp. (+$148K), and Slalom Consulting (+$143K).

With a reported median salary of only $76K, Acxiom Corporation easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Ericsson Inc., and Wipro Technologies Ltd. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $96K, $112K, and $113K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Solutions Architect


Solutions Architects report using 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 seem to negatively impact pay include SQL, Project Management, and Microsoft SQL Server. 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $90K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $115K. Solutions Architects who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $130K. Solutions Architects who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $140K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $122,726

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

California cities San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are lucrative areas for Solutions Architects, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Solutions Architect Salaries



National Average
$123,000



Skills That Affect Solutions Architect Salaries






Enterprise Application Integration
up arrow 4%

System Architecture
up arrow 3%

Software Architecture
up arrow 3%

IT Consulting
up arrow 1%

Network Architecture / Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$123,000

.NET
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 2%



SQL
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 608 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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