Technical Architect Salary (United States)

Technical Architects in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $102,882) surpassing six figures annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the specific company. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Technical Architect Salary (?
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$66,037 - $136,820
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MEDIAN: $98,114
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Technical Architect Salary (?
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$23.84 - $102.22
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MEDIAN: $75.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$66,037 - $136,820  
   
Bonus
$513 - $20,445  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $21,000  
Commission
$11,792 - $21,386  
Total Pay (?
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$68,030 - $154,557  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,010
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$23.84 - $102.22  
   
Overtime
$29.03 - $148.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$513 - $20,445  
   
Commission
$11,792 - $21,386  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $21,000  
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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$68,030 - $154,557  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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, bringing in an extra $17,627 per year. Career advancement for Technical Architects often leads to becoming Solutions Architects or Information Technology (IT) Architects, where they can earn $13,194 or $4,799 more per year.

Technical Architect Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect

Though InfoSys Limited leads the field in terms of pay with a median salary of $97,181, employees there receive a range of salaries, from $65K on the low end all the way up to $141K.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect

Survey results imply that Technical Architects deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Salesforce, Linux, and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include C++ and Data Warehouse. 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.
Though Technical Architects can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $85K to $100K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job—experienced workers bring in an estimated $115K. After two decades on the job, Technical Architects see salary growth dwindle, averaging $120K. Technical Architects with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with one to 10 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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Minneapolis
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Dallas
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$103,000
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Technical Architects will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Washington, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, top-paying markets where Technical Architects rake in more than the national norm (+25 percent, +19 percent, +18 percent, and +16 percent). In Indianapolis, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Boston (-13 percent) and Atlanta (-8 percent).

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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries

National Average
$103,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries

Salesforce
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Linux
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Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
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Data Modeling
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Java
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Java/J2EE
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$103,000
Microsoft Sharepoint Server
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C#
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.NET
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Microsoft SQL Server
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JavaScript
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Data Warehouse
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C++
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 239 votes.

Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 10%
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