Solutions Architect Salary

Solutions Architects in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $114K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Solutions Architects approaches anywhere from $74K on the lower end to $173K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $29K from bonuses and upwards of $18K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and geography. For the most part, Solutions Architects enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Solutions Architects are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$70,831 - $152,266
$71K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,729
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50%
90%

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$26.36 - $123.30
$26
$66
$120
MEDIAN: $66.00
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$0$173K
Salary $70,831 - $152,266
Bonus $2,320 - $29,548
Profit Sharing $987 - $18,441
Commission $5,896 - $46,651
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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$73,450 - $173,864
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,684
Hourly Data $0$123
Hourly Rate $26.36 - $123.30
Hourly Tips $0.78
Overtime $30.64 - $105.70
Annual Data $0$173K
Bonus $2,320 - $29,548
Commission $5,896 - $46,651
Profit Sharing $987 - $18,441
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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$73,450 - $173,864
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 151

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.

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.

Solutions Architect Job Listings

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.

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: $121,752

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 Reviews

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

Solutions Architect in Rochester:
"Great Potential, Work Flexibility."
Pros: -Work with highly talented individuals. -Travel to clients. -Flexible and loose work environment. -Involve with projects when applicable.
Cons: -Not enough opportunities to grow. -Benefits are not that great. -Management.

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.

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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 407 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Solutions Architect Salaries

▲17%

▲7%

National Average
$122,000

▼4%

▼26%

Skills That Affect Solutions Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 407 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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