Technical Architect Salary

Compensation for Technical Architects in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($99K). Total cash compensation to Technical Architects approaches anywhere from $69K on the lower end to $157K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $21K from bonuses and upwards of $25K from profit sharing. While career duration and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. For the most part, Technical Architects enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$67,165 - $139,833
(Median)
$67K
$99K
$140K
MEDIAN: $99,153
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$34.10 - $116.42
(Median)
$34
$78
$120
MEDIAN: $78.00
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National Salary 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$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$67,165 - $139,833  
   
Bonus
$295.90 - $20,521  
Profit Sharing
$199.33 - $25,083  
Commission
$12,000 - $20,834  
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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$69,441 - $156,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 989
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$34.10 - $116.42  
   
Overtime
$28.76 - $148.99  
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
$295.90 - $20,521  
   
Commission
$12,000 - $20,834  
Profit Sharing
$199.33 - $25,083  
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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$69,441 - $156,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Technical Architects move into roles as Senior Software Architects, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $121K per year. It is quite typical for Technical Architects to transition into roles as Solutions Architects or Information Technology Architects, where reported median earnings are $14K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect


Technical Architects flock to Microsoft Corp for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $123K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Service Oriented Architecture, Linux, Data Modeling, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SQL and JavaScript. Competency in Java/J2EE frequently indicates knowledge of Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Architect

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


Technical Architects with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $86K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $95K on average. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $116K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $123K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Technical Architects in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Technical Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+31 percent), Washington (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Boston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Austin (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries



National Average
$104,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries


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Data Modeling
up arrow 14%


C++
up arrow 8%

C#
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Java
up arrow 3%

Project Management
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Java/J2EE
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Data Warehouse
0%

National Average
$104,000

.NET
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Microsoft Sharepoint Server
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Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

JavaScript
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 189 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 10%