Solutions Architect Salary
The market for Solutions Architects is most competitive in California, where the three top-paying cities can be found: San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In the world of Solutions Architects, overall cash earnings stretch from $76K near the bottom to $174K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $29K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $16K, along with commissions approaching $45K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though experience level and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Solutions Architects report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
This job requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, or software engineering. Although experience is not always required, several years of network administration experience is beneficial. Solutions architects need to have high levels of concentration, creativity, and leadership, as well as good problem solving skills. They also need to have extensive knowledge of computers and software.
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
Solutions Architects may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Chief Technology Officer. The latter position pays an average of $148K annually. Becoming an IT Enterprise Architect or a Senior Software Architect is often the next step for a Solutions Architect.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect
Slalom Consulting, Amazon.com Inc, Ericsson Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and EMC Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Solutions Architects. Pay for Solutions Architects is best at Cisco Systems Inc, which offers a median salary of $171K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $122K to $205K. Also paying near the top of the field are Amazon.com Inc at $156K, Microsoft Corp at $148K, and Perficient, Inc., where Solutions Architects annually earn $138K.
The lowest pay by far can be found at Acxiom Corporation — this employer offers a median salary of $76K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp at $92K 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 deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Java/J2EE, Network Architecture / Design, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management and SQL. Those familiar with Enterprise Solutions also tend to 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Solutions Architects. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $90K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $117K. Solutions Architects who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $131K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $142K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
Solutions Architects in San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — the highest-paid cities for Solutions Architects in California and the United States — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix and Austin (5 percent lower).
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