Solutions Architect Salary

Solutions Architects receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $112K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings of Solutions Architects — including $27K in bonuses, $21K in profit sharing proceeds, and $48K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $79K to approximately $169K depending on individual performance. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and geographic location are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$75,873 - $147,328

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$45.34 - $122.93

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,873 - $147,328  
   
Bonus
$1,965 - $26,648  
Profit Sharing
$1,049 - $20,628  
Commission
$6,787 - $47,721  
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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$79,165 - $168,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,592
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$45.34 - $122.93  
   
Overtime
$33.88 - $120.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,965 - $26,648  
   
Commission
$6,787 - $47,721  
Profit Sharing
$1,049 - $20,628  
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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$79,165 - $168,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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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Although some Solutions Architects become IT Chief Architect, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $135K. A more common career path for Solutions Architects is stepping into the role of Senior Software Architect or Information Technology Architect.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect


Many Solutions Architects can be found at Hewlett-Packard Company, Ericsson Inc., Cisco Systems Inc, Wipro Technologies Ltd., and EMC Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Although Amazon.com Inc offers the highest salaries (median pay is $159K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $124K to $203K. Other big spenders include Cisco Systems Inc, Oracle Corp., and Slalom Consulting, top-paying firms where Solutions Architects see paychecks nearing $156K, $147K, or $143K.

With a median employee salary of $76K, Acxiom Corporation pays significantly less than its competitors (less than half of the top paying company's rate). Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp ($98K), Ericsson Inc. ($112K), and Wipro Technologies Ltd. ($113K).

Popular Skills for Solutions Architect


Solutions Architects seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Technical Sales, and Java/J2EE are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Project Management. Those proficient in Enterprise Solutions are, more often than not, also skilled in IT Consulting, Enterprise Application Integration, and Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Solutions Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Solutions Architects. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $89K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $113K. For Solutions Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $128K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $139K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Solutions Architects, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Solutions Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+13 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
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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 590 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

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