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Technical Architect Salary (United States)

Technical Architects in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $103K) surpassing six figures annually. The range in cash compensation to Technical Architects ($68K to $155K) includes potential earnings of $20K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Technical Architects is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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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 (?
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  
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  
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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Technical Architects who transition into roles like Senior Software Architects — a position that typically pays $121K — are not commonly found. 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 $5K more per year.

Information Technology (IT) Architect Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect

Although InfoSys Limited heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $97K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $65K to $141K. Workers at InfoSys Limited also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect

Technical Architects seem to exploit a large range 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C++ and Data Warehouse. Experience with Java/J2EE is often linked with knowledge of Software Architecture.

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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $85K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $93K on average. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $115K. 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 $120K on average. The majority of Technical Architects have only 10 to 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with one to 10 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Minneapolis
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Phoenix
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Dallas
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National Average
$103,000
St. Louis
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For Technical Architects, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Washington, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, where Technical Architects typically earn around 25 percent, 19 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent more than usual. Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Indianapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Atlanta (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries

National Average
$103,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries

Salesforce
up arrow 22%
Linux
up arrow 19%
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
up arrow 18%
Data Modeling
up arrow 17%
Java
up arrow 2%
Java/J2EE
0%
National Average
$103,000
Microsoft Sharepoint Server
up arrow 1%
C#
up arrow 1%
.NET
up arrow 2%
Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%
JavaScript
up arrow 3%
Data Warehouse
up arrow 6%
C++
up arrow 10%

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%