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Technical Architect Salary (United States)

Technical Architects receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $104K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total incomes of Technical Architects incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $25K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $68K and $155K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Technical Architect Salary (?
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$66,367 - $137,984
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MEDIAN: $98,830
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Technical Architect Salary (?
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$25.20 - $102.94
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MEDIAN: $76.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$66,367 - $137,984  
   
Bonus
$504 - $20,409  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $25,342  
Commission
$11,792 - $20,562  
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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$68,290 - $155,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 997
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$25.20 - $102.94  
   
Overtime
$28.76 - $148.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$504 - $20,409  
   
Commission
$11,792 - $20,562  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $25,342  
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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$68,290 - $155,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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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For Technical Architects, advancing into a Senior Software Architect role, where the median salary is $121K, is not typical but is also not out of the question. A common career progression for a Technical Architect is to become a Solutions Architect or an Information Technology Architect. Compared to Technical Architects, the first group earns $13K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

Information Technology (IT) Architect Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect

Technical Architects seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Accenture, where the median salary comes to $102K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($81K) and those starting out ($195K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect

Technical Architects seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Service Oriented Architecture, Linux, Data Modeling, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 16 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C++, JavaScript, and SQL. Many workers who know Java/J2EE also know Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Technical Architects — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $85K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $94K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $116K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $122K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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San Francisco
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Denver
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Minneapolis
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Phoenix
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National Average
$104,000
Dallas
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St. Louis
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For those looking to make money, Technical Architects in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Technical Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Washington (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Boston. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and St. Louis (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries

National Average
$104,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries

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Data Modeling
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Java
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C#
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Project Management
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Java/J2EE
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National Average
$104,000
.NET
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Microsoft Sharepoint Server
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Data Warehouse
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Microsoft SQL Server
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SQL
up arrow 6%
JavaScript
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C++
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 10%