Technical Architect Salary

Technical Architects in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $100K per year on average. Cash earnings for Technical Architects — which occasionally include more than $22K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing — stretch from around $70K to approximately $160K. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. 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: $100,293
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$36.71 - $116.42
(Median)
$37
$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
$67,817 - $140,438  
   
Bonus
$5.07 - $21,688  
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: 20 Jun 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
$5.07 - $21,688  
   
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: 20 Jun 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. 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 $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $3K 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. Perficient, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $124K.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Cloud Computing, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include .NET and Microsoft SQL Server. Those familiar with Java/J2EE also tend to know Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $87K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $96K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $117K. Technical Architects who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Technical Architects, 33 percent above the national average. Technical Architects will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Seattle (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries



National Average
$106,000



Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries

Cloud Computing
up arrow 20%


up arrow 16%

Data Modeling
up arrow 11%


Java
up arrow 3%

C#
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Project Management
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Java/J2EE
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JavaScript
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SQL
0%

National Average
$106,000

Data Warehouse
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Microsoft Sharepoint Server
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 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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