Technical Architect Salary

Generous salaries abound for Technical Architects in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $24K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $25K, overall incomes of Technical Architects spread between $74K and $164K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though experience level and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Technical Architects. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,632 - $143,720
(Median)
$71K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,740
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$43.08 - $115.16
(Median)
$43
$78
$120
MEDIAN: $78.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,632 - $143,720  
   
Bonus
$965 - $23,818  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $25,168  
Commission
$20,496  
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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$73,600 - $164,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,016
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$43.08 - $115.16  
   
Overtime
$30.41 - $150.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$965 - $23,818  
   
Commission
$20,496  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $25,168  
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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$73,600 - $164,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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Job Description for Technical Architect

A technical architect acts as a liaison between the upper management of a company and the designers and developers who work on the company’s information technology (IT) needs. The technical architect must anticipate and identify these IT needs and design a solution, and they must make sure the solution works as efficiently as possible for all parties involved. It also is possible for technical architects to specialize in a specific part of an IT framework, such as security. However, most technical architects are responsible for improving end-user experience or ensuring a company’s internal digital framework works smoothly.

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Technical Architect Tasks

  • Determine technical needs such as hardware, software, scalability and security requirements.
  • Coordinate design and integration of overall architecture and parts of proposed systems with clients.
  • Translate business needs to develop solutions from design to technological product.
  • Oversee developer teams to ensure that product is delivered on time and to specifications.

Common Career Paths for Technical Architect


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Technical Architects who move on to become Senior Software Architects, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $122K. It is more probable, however, that Technical Architects become Solutions Architects or Information Technology Architects.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect


InfoSys Limited, Accenture, AT&T Inc., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and Perficient, Inc. are all popular places to work. Perficient, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $123K on average.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Service Oriented Architecture, JavaScript, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and SQL. Aptitude in Java/J2EE tends to also indicate an understanding of Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $99K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $87K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $118K. Technical 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 $127K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,125

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

Home to some of the best pay for Technical Architects, New York offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Technical Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+31 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. On the whole, employers pay 5 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Boston and Austin.

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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries



National Average
$109,000



Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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