Technical Architect Salary

Technical Architects in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $108K annually. Total cash earnings of Technical Architects range from $73K on the low end to $166K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $25K and $20K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,941 - $148,596
$72K
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MEDIAN: $108,166
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$26.40 - $97.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,941 - $148,596  
   
Bonus
$1,957 - $25,497  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,000  
Commission
$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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$73,021 - $165,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 641
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$26.40 - $97.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$12.50  
Overtime
$1.64 - $78.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,957 - $25,497  
   
Commission
$21,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,000  
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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$73,021 - $165,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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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Technical Architects may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Senior Software Architect. Senior Software Architects on average make about as much as Technical Architects do. The most common career progression for Technical Architects leads to becoming a Solutions Architect, where average pay is $119K annually. However, many Technical Architects also opt to become Information Technology Architects. Typically, an Information Technology Architect brings home $110K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Technical Architects include InfoSys Limited, Hexaware Technologies Inc., Cognizant, Accenture, and Perficient, Inc. For Technical Architects, comfortable salaries can be found at Cisco Systems Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $179K, the highest in the area. Technical Architects will also find cushy salaries at Perficient, Inc. (+$139K), Microsoft Corp (+$121K), and Cognizant (+$116K).

With a median salary of only $72K (less than half of the top paying company's rate), Hexaware Technologies Inc. lags significantly in the earnings department. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Accenture, and AT&T Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $85K, $100K, and $107K.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Technical Architects report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Java, Software Architecture, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and C# Programming Language. Most people skilled in Service Oriented Architecture are similarly competent in Java/J2EE.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Architect

Pay by Experience for a Technical Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 64 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 254 salaries. An experienced Technical Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $119,000 based on 456 salaries. A Technical Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 86 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,676

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For Technical Architects, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Technical Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+31 percent), Boston (+26 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Technical Architects in Indianapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis (22 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Technical Architect

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
61%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries

▲11%

▲4%

National Average
$114,000

▼10%

▼25%

Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries


▲12%


▲10%

▲8%




Linux
▼0%

National Average
$114,000

SQL
▼1%

C#
▼4%

C++
▼4%



▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
61%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 12%