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Solutions Architect Salary

Salaries for Solutions Architects in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($112K) per year. In the world of Solutions Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $26K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $80K and $169K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but experience level and geographic location are influential factors as well. Most Solutions Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. 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.

$76,404 - $147,003
(Median)
$76K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,887
10%
50%
90%

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$45.69 - $123.47
(Median)
$46
$76
$120
MEDIAN: $75.00
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90%

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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
$76,404 - $147,003  
   
Bonus
$1,970 - $26,064  
Profit Sharing
$1,041 - $20,487  
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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$79,798 - $168,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,520
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$45.69 - $123.47  
   
Overtime
$34.85 - $118.74  
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 - $26,064  
   
Commission
$7,273 - $47,483  
Profit Sharing
$1,041 - $20,487  
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).
)
$79,798 - $168,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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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 Information Technology Architect or Senior Software Architect.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect


Hewlett-Packard Company, Ericsson Inc., Cisco Systems Inc, Wipro Technologies Ltd., and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Solutions Architects. Employees at Amazon.com Inc enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $161K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $133K and higher ones not far away at only $205K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Cisco Systems Inc at $156K, Oracle Corp. at $147K, and Teradata Corp, where Solutions Architects annually earn $144K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, where the median salary is just $97K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $81K to $164K. Employees at IBM Global Services, Ericsson Inc., and Wipro Technologies Ltd. can also expect below-average earnings of $100K, $109K, and $113K.

Popular Skills for Solutions Architect


Solutions Architects report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Technical Sales, Virtualization, and Enterprise Application Integration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Solutions Architects. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $89K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $113K. For Solutions Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $128K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $138K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Solutions Architects, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Solutions Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+14 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 1 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
up arrow 4%

System Architecture
up arrow 3%

IT Consulting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$121,000

Network Architecture / Design
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 1%

.NET
up arrow 2%



SQL
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 625 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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