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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 $159K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $21K and $25K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Technical Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$67,797 - $139,904
(Median)
$68K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $99,763
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90%

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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
$67,797 - $139,904  
   
Bonus
$150.00 - $21,084  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $24,658  
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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$69,958 - $159,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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
$150.00 - $21,084  
   
Commission
$12,000 - $21,061  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $24,658  
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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$69,958 - $159,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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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. Solutions Architects or Information Technology Architects are common next-step roles for Technical Architects moving up in their careers; annual pay for Solutions Architects is $13K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Information Technology Architects.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect


Technical Architects fill the offices of leading firms InfoSys Limited, Accenture, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Perficient, Inc., and Microsoft Corp. Perficient, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $124K.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Technical Architects report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Service Oriented Architecture, Linux, C++, and Data Modeling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 19 percent. Software Architecture is a skill commonly found among those who know Java/J2EE.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Architect

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


For Technical Architects, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $87K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $96K on average. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $116K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $124K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Technical Architects, 34 percent above the national average. Technical Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Seattle. Employers in Boston and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries



National Average
$105,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries


up arrow 18%

C++
up arrow 13%

Data Modeling
up arrow 12%


C#
up arrow 6%

Java
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
0%

National Average
$105,000

Microsoft Sharepoint Server
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 1%

.NET
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
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Data Warehouse
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 184 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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