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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 bottoms out near $70K and approaches $159K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $21K from bonuses and almost $25K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. 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 figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$67,718 - $139,777
(Median)
$68K
$99K
$140K
MEDIAN: $99,485
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50%
90%

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$34.10 - $116.42
(Median)
$34
$78
$120
MEDIAN: $78.00
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90%

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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
$67,718 - $139,777  
   
Bonus
$154.56 - $21,375  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $24,747  
Commission
$12,000 - $21,061  
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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$69,823 - $159,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 981
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$34.10 - $116.42  
   
Overtime
$29.83 - $149.25  
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
$154.56 - $21,375  
   
Commission
$12,000 - $21,061  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $24,747  
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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$69,823 - $159,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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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 $121K. The most common next step for a Technical Architect is to become a Solutions Architect or an Information Technology Architect. The former position pays an additional $14K per year on average, and the latter position pays $4K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect


Dominating the field, InfoSys Limited, Accenture, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Perficient, Inc., and Microsoft Corp are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Technical Architects. For Technical Architects, comfortable salaries can be found at Perficient, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $124K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Service Oriented Architecture, Linux, Data Modeling, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft SQL Server. It is not unusual for someone who knows Java/J2EE to be familiar with Software Architecture as well.

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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $87K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $95K on average. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $116K on average. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $123K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Technical Architects, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Technical Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+35 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and Atlanta (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries



National Average
$104,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries


up arrow 19%

Data Modeling
up arrow 13%

C++
up arrow 12%


Java
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 3%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Data Warehouse
0%

National Average
$104,000

JavaScript
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Sharepoint Server
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 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: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 10%
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