$115,306
Avg. Salary
$72.77
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$11,787

Profit Sharing

$5,022

Commission

$23,870

The average pay for a Solutions Architect is $72.77 per hour.

The average pay for a Solutions Architect is $115,306 per year.

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$0$176K
Salary $72,437 - $154,031
Bonus $2,922 - $29,809
Profit Sharing $982 - $19,866
Commission $6,061 - $42,025
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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$75,690 - $176,719
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,191
Hourly Data $0$124
Hourly Rate $32.83 - $124
Hourly Tips $0.39
Overtime $34.35 - $103
Annual Data $0$176K
Bonus $2,922 - $29,809
Commission $6,061 - $42,025
Profit Sharing $982 - $19,866
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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$75,690 - $176,719
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 294

Job Description for Solutions Architect

Solutions architects are in charge of creating, designing, and implementing arrangements within a business. They help to build new systems needed by the company and must be able to identify the business' current problems and future technological goals. They are also in charge of communicating with other departments to implement new plans and goals. Solutions architects can work in the fields of business development, business planning, mentoring, management, or quality assurance. In some cases, they are also recruited to teach and guide.

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Solutions Architect Tasks

  • Act as the lead for the translation of business objectives and requirements into functional solutions.
  • Prepare and document testing requirements as well as all test data.
  • Lead brainstorming sessions and identify areas for process improvements.
  • Prioritize goals and objectives, and monitor the work of others.
  • Design and develop technical solutions based on existing technologies.

Popular Employer Salaries for Solutions Architect


Dominating the field, Slalom Consulting, Ericsson Inc., Amazon.com Inc, EMC Corporation, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Solutions Architects. Vmware, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $165K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Perficient, Inc., where earnings of $154K, $148K, or $138K are standard for Solutions Architects.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Acxiom Corporation at $76K, and IBM Global Services where $100K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Solutions Architects there earn up to $199K.

Common Career Paths for Solutions Architect


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Solutions Architects who advance into the role of a Chief Technology Officer are fairly uncommon. Chief Technology Officers on average earn $148K per year. A more common career path for Solutions Architects is stepping into the role of IT Enterprise Architect or Senior Software Architect.

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Popular Skills for Solutions Architect


Survey results imply that Solutions Architects deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Java/J2EE, Network Architecture / Design, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management and SQL. Those proficient in Enterprise Solutions are, more often than not, also skilled in Enterprise Application Integration, IT Consulting, and Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Solutions Architect

Pay by Experience for a Solutions Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Solutions Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 593 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Solutions Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 872 salaries. An experienced Solutions Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 1,548 salaries. A Solutions Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $143,000 based on 468 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $123,259

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Solutions Architects, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Solutions Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), New York (+14 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. On the whole, employers pay 4 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Phoenix and Austin.

Solutions Architect Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Solutions Architect?

Solutions Architect in Shelton:
"TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN."
Continue to excel by training the most that you can. It is imperative to be certified in as much as you can be in order to be able to assist with design and implementation of solutions across many platforms.

Solutions Architect in Los Angeles:
"Get your PMP Certification."
Get your PMP Certification.

Solutions Architect in Atlanta:
"Great company but extremely stressful."
Pros: Great company but growing too fast.
Cons: Stress level on projects is off the charts.

Solutions Architect in Washington:
"Solution Architect."
Pros: I enjoy meeting with clients and going through the discovery process.
Cons: Sitting at my computer the entire day can be rough.

Solutions Architect in Portland:
"Get a defined Role and Responsibilities."
Solutions Architect is a vague title if there is no defined job description. At some point you need to facilitate the conversation that defines your role and responsibility to the company. Being a more technical solutions architect a valuable skill is to be able to understand the different levels of business and the needs of information at each level. To be able to communicate concisely to higher level leadership is paramount to success. The stress level will be less for this position if their are defined responsibilities. The benefit of this position is to be able to connect the different levels of the business and have the flexibility to learn different lines of business and how they relate to other business lines.

Solutions Architect in Atlanta:
"The 3 most important lessons you've never been taught."
1. A Company's job is to make money from you. 2. Debt isn't bad. Bad Debt is Bad. 3. Loyalty doesn't pay.

Solutions Architect in New York:
"Cutting Edge."
Pros: The smartest people solving problems with the best technology.
Cons: Fast growth leads to ambiguous knowledge of company and internal politics.

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Key Stats for Solutions Architect

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 777 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
18%

Experience Affects Solutions Architect Salaries

▲16%

▲6%

National Average
$123,000

▼5%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Solutions Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 777 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 9%