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Solutions Architect Salary

Solutions Architects in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $120K annually. Total cash incomes of Solutions Architects run from $79K to $164K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $25K, profit sharing that reaches $20K, and some commissions of nearly $48K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by experience level and location. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Solutions Architects. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$75,665 - $144,168
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$76K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $109,960
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$46.21 - $120.96
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MEDIAN: $75.00
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,665 - $144,168  
   
Bonus
$1,943 - $25,345  
Profit Sharing
$1,029 - $19,967  
Commission
$5,051 - $47,920  
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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$78,660 - $164,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,184
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Hourly Rate
$46.21 - $120.96  
   
Overtime
$28.50 - $120.99  
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
$1,943 - $25,345  
   
Commission
$5,051 - $47,920  
Profit Sharing
$1,029 - $19,967  
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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$78,660 - $164,404  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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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Solutions Architects who transition into roles like IT Chief Architects — a position that pays $134K on average — are not commonly found. An Information Technology Architect role is the most prevalent career advancement for Solutions Architects. Paychecks for that role are $108K on average. The Senior Software Architect position is another common transition for Solutions Architects; in this role, salaries are typically at the $121K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect


Hewlett-Packard Company, Ericsson Inc., Wipro Technologies Ltd., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Cisco Systems Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Solutions Architects. Although Amazon.com Inc boasts the highest average salary in town at $164K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $126K or as much as $242K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Teradata Corp, Oracle Corp., and Dell, Inc., top-paying firms where Solutions Architects rake in a whopping $154K, $147K, or $143K, respectively.

Earnings fall especially short at Acxiom Corporation, where the median salary of $75K is the lowest in the field, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp at $100K and IBM Global Services at $100K, though some Solutions Architects there earn up to $199K.

Popular Skills for Solutions Architect


Solutions Architects seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Technical Sales, and Enterprise Solutions are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Project Management. Those educated in Enterprise Solutions tend to be well versed 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $88K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $110K. For Solutions Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $126K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $136K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


California cities San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are lucrative areas for Solutions Architects, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Plano is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average.

Solutions Architect Reviews

What is it like working as a Solutions Architect at Amazon.com Inc?

Solutions Architect in New York:
"Cutting Edge."
Pros: The smartest people solving problems with the best technology.
Cons: Fast growth leads to ambiguous knowledge of company and internal politics.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Solutions Architect Salaries



National Average
$120,000



Skills That Affect Solutions Architect Salaries








System Architecture
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IT Consulting
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National Average
$120,000

.NET
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C#
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Project Management
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Network Architecture / Design
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 645 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
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%