Technical Architect Salary

Average pay for Technical Architects in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($108K). Overall cash earnings for Technical Architects stretch from $73K on the lower end to $164K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $22K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Technical Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$71,989 - $147,338
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MEDIAN: $107,552
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$27.81 - $99.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,989 - $147,338  
   
Bonus
$1,540 - $22,382  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,273  
Commission
$21,500  
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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$72,784 - $164,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 694
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$27.81 - $99.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$12.50  
Overtime
$24.24 - $82.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,540 - $22,382  
   
Commission
$21,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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$72,784 - $164,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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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. With an annual salary of $119K, Solutions Architect is the most common role for Technical Architects to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Information Technology Architect role — which usually pays $110K — is also typical for Technical Architects, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect


InfoSys Limited, Hexaware Technologies Inc., Cognizant, Accenture, and Perficient, Inc. are all popular places to work. Cisco Systems Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $179K on average. Other big spenders include Perficient, Inc., Microsoft Corp, and Cognizant, top-paying firms where Technical Architects see paychecks nearing $139K, $121K, or $116K.

Hexaware Technologies Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $72K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $102K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp ($85K), Accenture ($100K), and AT&T Inc. ($107K).

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Java, Software Architecture, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and C# Programming Language. The majority of those who know Service Oriented Architecture also know 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: $112,665

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Technical Architects will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Technical Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+32 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Technical Architects earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (22 percent lower) and Minneapolis (14 percent lower).

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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 80 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
58%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries

▲12%

▲5%

National Average
$113,000

▼9%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Technical Architect Salaries


▲13%


▲11%

▲9%




Linux
▲1%

SQL
▼0%

National Average
$113,000

C#
▼3%

C++
▼3%



▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
58%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

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