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Solutions Architect Salary

Solutions Architects receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $111K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation for Solutions Architects runs from $80K to $168K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $26K and profit sharing that can reach almost $21K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but career length and location are influential factors 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. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$76,141 - $146,206
(Median)
$76K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,237
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90%

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$44.04 - $125.09
(Median)
$44
$76
$130
MEDIAN: $76.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,141 - $146,206  
   
Bonus
$1,972 - $25,708  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $20,588  
Commission
$9,899 - $47,765  
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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$79,509 - $167,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$44.04 - $125.09  
   
Overtime
$29.11 - $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
$1,972 - $25,708  
   
Commission
$9,899 - $47,765  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $20,588  
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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$79,509 - $167,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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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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For Solutions Architects, advancing into an IT Chief Architect role, for which the median salary is $135K, is not common but it does happen. 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. Although salaries only range from $131K to just $207K, Amazon.com Inc still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $161K. Also paying near the top of the field are Cisco Systems Inc at $153K, Teradata Corp at $147K, and Oracle Corp., where Solutions Architects annually earn $147K.

While select Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp employees may bring in up to $167K, a median salary of only $100K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include IBM Global Services ($100K), Ericsson Inc. ($109K), and Wipro Technologies Ltd. ($113K).

Popular Skills for Solutions Architect


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Technical Sales, Virtualization, and Enterprise Solutions are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Project Management. Most people who know Enterprise Solutions also know 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.


Solutions Architects with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Inexperienced workers earn around $89K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $112K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Solutions Architects make a median salary of $127K. Solutions Architects who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $138K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Solutions Architects in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Solutions Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 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








System Architecture
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National Average
$121,000

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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 635 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: 7%