Technical Architects enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($108K) annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Technical Architects — including $28K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $74K to $167K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Technical Architects. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$72,218 - $149,168
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MEDIAN: $108,215
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$23.50 - $98.04
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MEDIAN: $69.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$72,218 - $149,168  
   
Bonus
$1,985 - $28,317  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,820  
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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$73,522 - $167,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 665
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$23.50 - $98.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$12.50  
Overtime
$1.80 - $79.27  
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,985 - $28,317  
   
Commission
$21,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,820  
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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$73,522 - $167,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Senior Software Architect. The two jobs pay about the same on average. As Technical Architects progress in their field, many go on to become Solutions Architects. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $119K per year. Another common career choice for Technical Architects is to move into an Information Technology Architect role. Typically, Information Technology Architects get paid $110K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Architect


InfoSys Limited, Accenture, Hexaware Technologies Inc., Perficient, Inc., and AT&T Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Technical Architects. Cisco Systems Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $179K on average. Perficient, Inc., Microsoft Corp, and InfoSys Limited are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Technical Architects earning around $132K, $121K, or $112K at each firm, respectively.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Accenture and AT&T Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $85K, $98K, and $107K.

Popular Skills for Technical Architect


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Software Architecture, Service Oriented Architecture, and Java 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 familiar with Service Oriented Architecture also know Java/J2EE.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Architect

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


Technical Architects with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $88K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $101K. Technical Architects bring in $119K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $130K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,813

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For those looking to make money, Technical Architects in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Technical Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+25 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Technical Architects in Indianapolis earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis (23 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Architect Salaries



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$114,000



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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