Solutions Architect Salary

Solutions Architects are most sought-after in California, which is home to the three top-paying cities in the field: San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Cash earnings of Solutions Architects — including $29K in bonuses, $20K in profit sharing proceeds, and $46K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $80K to approximately $172K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by career length and location. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Solutions Architects report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$76,220 - $148,856
(Median)
$76K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,751
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$42.18 - $123.77
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$42
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MEDIAN: $76.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,220 - $148,856  
   
Bonus
$2,009 - $28,649  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $20,441  
Commission
$6,787 - $46,073  
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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$79,692 - $171,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,019
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$42.18 - $123.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$35.89 - $118.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,009 - $28,649  
   
Commission
$6,787 - $46,073  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $20,441  
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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$79,692 - $171,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Solutions Architects move into roles as IT Chief Architects, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $136K per year. Moving from a Solutions Architect to IT Enterprise Architect or Senior Software Architect is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect


Hewlett-Packard Company, Ericsson Inc., Cisco Systems Inc, EMC Corporation, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Solutions Architects. Salary cannot be beat at Amazon.com Inc, where median pay comes to $159K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $126K, and the higher end is not far away at $200K. Cisco Systems Inc, Oracle Corp., and Slalom Consulting are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Solutions Architects earning around $156K, $148K, or $143K at each firm, respectively.

Known for its small paychecks, Acxiom Corporation actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $76K — less than half of the top paying company's rate. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Ericsson Inc., and Wipro Technologies Ltd. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $96K, $112K, and $113K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Solutions Architect


Survey results imply that Solutions Architects deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Technical Sales, and Java/J2EE 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, Project Management, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those educated in Enterprise Solutions tend to be well versed 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $90K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $115K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $130K in this role. Solutions Architects with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $140K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $122,726

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Solutions Architects, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in California — San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. In Denver, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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What is it like working as a Solutions Architect?

Solutions Architect in Rochester:
"Great Potential, Work Flexibility."
Pros: -Work with highly talented individuals. -Travel to clients. -Flexible and loose work environment. -Involve with projects when applicable.
Cons: -Not enough opportunities to grow. -Benefits are not that great. -Management.

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Experience Affects Solutions Architect Salaries



National Average
$123,000



Skills That Affect Solutions Architect Salaries






Enterprise Application Integration
up arrow 4%

System Architecture
up arrow 3%

Software Architecture
up arrow 3%

IT Consulting
up arrow 1%

Network Architecture / Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$123,000

.NET
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 2%



SQL
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 608 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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