Technical Architect Salary

Technical Architects receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $100K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Final cash compensation to Technical Architects varies from around $70K to approximately $160K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $22K and $25K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by career length and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$67,817 - $140,438
(Median)
$68K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,420
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90%

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$36.71 - $116.42
(Median)
$37
$78
$120
MEDIAN: $78.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$67,817 - $140,438  
   
Bonus
$5.03 - $21,732  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $24,747  
Commission
$12,774 - $21,157  
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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$70,133 - $159,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 965
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$36.71 - $116.42  
   
Overtime
$29.72 - $149.50  
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
$5.03 - $21,732  
   
Commission
$12,774 - $21,157  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $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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$70,133 - $159,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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Although it's unusual, some Technical Architects transition into jobs as Senior Software Architects. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $121K per year, though. 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 $3K more.

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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. Perficient, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $124K on average.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Service Oriented Architecture, Cloud Computing, Linux, and Data Modeling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include .NET and Microsoft SQL Server. Those educated in Java/J2EE tend to be well versed in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Architect

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


Technical Architects do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $87K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $97K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $117K. 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 $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Technical Architects, 33 percent higher than the national average. Technical Architects will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Seattle (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries



National Average
$106,000



Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries


Cloud Computing
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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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JavaScript
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SQL
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National Average
$106,000

Data Warehouse
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Microsoft Sharepoint Server
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.NET
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
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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