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Solutions Architect Salary

Compensation for Solutions Architects in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($112K). Final cash compensation to Solutions Architects varies from around $80K to approximately $169K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $26K and $21K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though career length and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Solutions Architects. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$76,605 - $146,878
(Median)
$77K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,839
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$45.69 - $124.39
(Median)
$46
$76
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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
$76,605 - $146,878  
   
Bonus
$1,970 - $26,009  
Profit Sharing
$1,036 - $20,511  
Commission
$7,273 - $47,483  
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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$79,892 - $168,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$45.69 - $124.39  
   
Overtime
$34.62 - $119.09  
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
$1,970 - $26,009  
   
Commission
$7,273 - $47,483  
Profit Sharing
$1,036 - $20,511  
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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$79,892 - $168,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167

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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 is somewhat unusual to come across Solutions Architects who move on to become IT Chief Architects, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $135K. Moving from a Solutions Architect to Information Technology Architect or Senior Software Architect is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Solutions Architects include Hewlett-Packard Company, Ericsson Inc., Cisco Systems Inc, Wipro Technologies Ltd., and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. Amazon.com Inc pays the most with a median salary of $161K, though there is little variation overall ($133K to $205K). Other employers shelling out big bucks include Cisco Systems Inc, Teradata Corp, and Oracle Corp., where Solutions Architects typically earn around $156K, $147K, or $147K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $97K, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $81K to $164K isn't that wide, either. IBM Global Services, Ericsson Inc., and Wipro Technologies Ltd. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $100K, $109K, and $113K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Solutions Architect


Solutions Architects seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Technical Sales, and Enterprise Application Integration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Project Management. Those proficient in Enterprise Solutions are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Solutions Architects generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $89K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $113K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $128K. Solutions Architects with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $138K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Solutions Architects, 29 percent higher than the national average. Solutions Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+14 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 2 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Solutions Architect Salaries



National Average
$121,000



Skills That Affect Solutions Architect Salaries







Software Architecture
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System Architecture
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IT Consulting
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National Average
$121,000

C#
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Network Architecture / Design
up arrow 2%

.NET
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 627 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
55%
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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