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How Much Does a Staff Architect Earn In The United States?

Average Yearly Salary
Updated December 31, 2020
$58,000
$41,000
$58,000
$83,000
Staff architects in the United States make an average salary of $58,576 per year or $28.16 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level staff architect salary is roughly $41,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $83,000. If you like following the crowd, professional and technology companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out technology, professional, and media companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts, and Alaska provide the highest staff architect salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Austin, TX
$83,900
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Where Staff Architects Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where staff architects earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Staff Architects Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to California, Arizona and Texas, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for staff architects. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Kentucky, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range67k - 134k$95k$95,422

Phoenix, AZ

Salary Range63k - 120k$88k$87,568

Austin, TX

Salary Range62k - 113k$84k$83,900

Boston, MA

Salary Range54k - 97k$72k$72,463

Menomonee Falls, WI

Salary Range52k - 91k$69k$69,435

New York, NY

Salary Range51k - 91k$68k$68,355

Seattle, WA

Salary Range51k - 82k$65k$65,139

Washington, DC

Salary Range48k - 85k$64k$64,165

Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ

Salary Range47k - 85k$64k$63,691

Bethesda, MD

Salary Range45k - 81k$61k$60,912
$37k
$134k

High Paying Staff Architect Jobs

Which Companies Pay Staff Architects The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a staff architect, being employed by a company such as Kohl's or VMware would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Synaptics and Samsung also report highly competitive salaries for staff architects.
Company
Average Salary
Kohl's
Salary Range122k - 139k$131k$130,915
VMware
Salary Range111k - 134k$123k$122,539
Synaptics
Salary Range105k - 127k$116k$116,144
Samsung
Salary Range92k - 116k$104k$103,909
Northrop Grumman
Salary Range77k - 95k$86k$85,936
IBM
Salary Range64k - 83k$73k$73,386
Qualcomm
Salary Range62k - 80k$71k$70,902
Burns & McDonnell
Salary Range59k - 72k$66k$65,794
Nutanix
Salary Range53k - 74k$63k$62,913
Olson Co
Salary Range55k - 69k$62k$62,416
$50k
$139k

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    How Much Do Staff Architects Make In Different Industries?

    Staff architect salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with technology, professional, and media companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a staff architect can make a yearly salary of $65,789 while working for technology companies. All the while, other staff architects are making $56,253 at professional companies and $51,149 at media companies. One industry staff architects may want to avoid is the construction industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $49,946.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Technology

    Salary Range52k - 81k$66k$65,789

    Professional

    Salary Range50k - 62k$56k$56,253

    Media

    Salary Range48k - 54k$51k$51,149

    Hospitality

    Salary Range44k - 56k$50k$50,332

    Construction

    Salary Range43k - 57k$50k$49,946
    $43k
    $81k

    How Experience Affects Staff Architect Salaries

    The salary for a staff architect can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    $80,000
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