Wages for Technical Architects in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($109K) per year. In the world of Technical Architects, total cash compensation can vary between $73K and $166K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $26K and $20K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Technical Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$72,096 - $149,139
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MEDIAN: $108,524
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$26.40 - $97.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$72,096 - $149,139  
   
Bonus
$1,963 - $26,074  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,774  
Commission
$21,000  
Total Pay (?
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$73,484 - $166,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 675
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$26.40 - $97.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$12.50  
Overtime
$1.57 - $79.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,963 - $26,074  
   
Commission
$21,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,774  
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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$73,484 - $166,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Technical Architect


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As Technical Architects transition into upper-level roles like Senior Software Architects, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Senior Software Architects earn the same amount as Technical Architects on average. Going from Technical Architect to Solutions Architect is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $119K. Many others choose to work as Information Technology Architects, where pay is typically $110K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Technical Architects include InfoSys Limited, Hexaware Technologies Inc., Cognizant, Accenture, and Perficient, Inc. Cisco Systems Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $179K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Perficient, Inc., Microsoft Corp, and Cognizant, where Technical Architects typically earn around $139K, $121K, or $118K, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $72K, Hexaware Technologies Inc. easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Accenture, and AT&T Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $85K, $97K, and $107K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Technical Architects report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Software Architecture, Cloud Computing, Java, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and C# Programming Language. Those proficient in Service Oriented Architecture are, more often than not, also skilled in Java/J2EE.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Architect

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $88K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $102K. Technical Architects bring in $119K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $129K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $114,020

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Technical Architects, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Technical Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and New York (+15 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Technical Architects is geography, with workers in Indianapolis earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 23 percent less in Pittsburgh and 16 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Technical Architect

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
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Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
59%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
59%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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