Solutions Architect Salary

Solutions Architects in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $114K annually. The final incomes of Solutions Architects generally vary between $75K and $173K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $29K, $19K, and $43K, respectively. While career duration and location impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Solutions Architects who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 89 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$71,428 - $151,874
$71K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,785
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$25.61 - $121.77
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$71
$120
MEDIAN: $71.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,428 - $151,874  
   
Bonus
$2,504 - $29,205  
Profit Sharing
$956 - $18,707  
Commission
$5,011 - $42,872  
Total Pay (?
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$74,707 - $173,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,663
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$25.61 - $121.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39  
Overtime
$30.00 - $102.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,504 - $29,205  
   
Commission
$5,011 - $42,872  
Profit Sharing
$956 - $18,707  
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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$74,707 - $173,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Solutions Architects sometimes become Chief Technology Officers, where the average income is $148K per year. More often, however, Solutions Architects go on to 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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Solutions Architects. Solutions Architects flock to Vmware, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $165K lead the pack in compensation. Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Perficient, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Solutions Architects earning around $154K, $148K, or $138K at each firm, respectively.

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


Solutions Architects report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. Those educated in Enterprise Solutions tend to be well versed in Enterprise Application Integration, IT Consulting, and Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Solutions Architect

Pay by Experience for a Solutions Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Solutions Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 593 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Solutions Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 872 salaries. An experienced Solutions Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 1,548 salaries. A Solutions Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $143,000 based on 468 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $121,889

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

For Solutions Architects, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than 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). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Phoenix and Austin (4 percent lower).

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
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 362 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
47%
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 362 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 8%
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