Technical Architect Salary

Technical Architects in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $101K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Technical Architects bottoms out near $70K and approaches $159K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $21K from bonuses and almost $25K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career length and the specific company. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$67,870 - $140,030

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$30.91 - $116.69

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$67,870 - $140,030  
   
Bonus
$4.86 - $21,027  
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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$70,228 - $158,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 959
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$30.91 - $116.69  
   
Overtime
$30.64 - $150.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$4.86 - $21,027  
   
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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$70,228 - $158,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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. Career advancement for the typical Technical Architect often leads to becoming a Solutions Architect or an Information Technology Architect; median salaries in these positions are $12K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect


InfoSys Limited, Accenture, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Perficient, Inc., and Microsoft Corp are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Technical Architects. Perficient, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $124K.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Technical Architects seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Service Oriented Architecture, Cloud Computing, Linux, and Data Modeling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft SQL Server, .NET, and Microsoft Sharepoint Server. Those proficient in Java/J2EE are, more often than not, also skilled in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Architect

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Technical Architects — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $87K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $97K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $117K. 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 $126K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Technical Architects, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Technical Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+31 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Seattle is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Atlanta and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 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 17%

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C#
up arrow 4%

Java
up arrow 3%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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JavaScript
up arrow 1%

SQL
0%

National Average
$106,000

Data Warehouse
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Microsoft Sharepoint Server
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 4%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 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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