Should You Be Earning More? Contribute to the Careers & Hiring Guide!

By Lucy Mazalon

There’s no doubt that Salesforce professionals are deserving of their compensation – they carry out a core function that allows organizations to optimize and extend Salesforce to improve business operations and gain that all-important ROI.

With the Salesforce ecosystem’s rapid growth, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with the different roles, salaries, and benefits. As the supply and demand for Salesforce roles changes, so do the salaries. It’s best to get ahead of the market and understand these trends.

So how much do other Salesforce professionals earn, and how do you find out? Over the past few years, Mason Frank has been curating the largest database of salaries for various Salesforce roles around the globe, as well as painting a picture of technology usage, adoption, and other sentiments in the Salesforce ecosystem. The global Careers and Hiring survey is back for 2022, and you are invited to have your say!

Take part in the survey to play a part in capturing an insightful snapshot of Salesforce salaries. You will be entered into a draw to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card – what have you got to lose?

Spotlight for 2022

The events of the past few years have shined a spotlight on how we consider our work in relation to what we stand for as individuals. This could be related to how your employer handled the pandemic and its ongoing impacts, or their stance on social justice issues, and how they promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

From ‘career spotlights’ to the ‘future of work’ and ‘engagement in the workplace’, the 2021-22 guide provided plenty of food for thought – you can download last year’s guide and see key insights here.

This year, we’ve teamed up with Mason Frank to shine a light on the role of the Salesforce Architect and their journey in the ecosystem.

The Salesforce Architect Journey: Who Are Architects and What Do They Need?

Salesforce Architects are some of the most in-demand professionals in the Salesforce ecosystem. Using their expertise, they map the structure and function of your Salesforce solution – ensuring it remains functional, safe, and economical, as well as suiting the specific needs of the business.

It’s no surprise that becoming a Salesforce Architect is a goal many professionals aim for. Judging by the description of an architect’s role, with all its nuances, it becomes clear that the knowledge required cannot be book-learned. Instead, extensive, hands-on experience with the Salesforce platform (often acquired over time) is the best way to learn and progress.

In reading this article, we guess that you fall into one of these four categories:

  1. You are a Salesforce Architect.
  2. You are aspiring to become a Salesforce Architect.
  3. You understand the Architect’s role but you have no desire to become one.
  4. You have no clue what Architects do!

So, with this in mind, let’s address some of the big questions the Salesforce community is asking about the role of Architects.

Is the Role of Salesforce Architect Clearly Understood?

Architects apply their extensive knowledge and intuition every day. They are ‘reserved’ for projects/orgs that – simply put – actually require an Architect. Here are some signs that a project/org requires an Architect: it’s multi-cloud, multi-platform, and involves movements of large data volumes.

As a term, “Salesforce Architect” is a little too easy to ‘throw’ around. Without fully understanding the demands of a project, some organizations may believe their requirements justify an Architect. However, the reality may be that an Admin is more than capable of fulfilling their needs.

This has caused contention amongst the community, with sentiments such as: “this job is for a Salesforce Admin, not an Architect”. It’s possible that hiring managers have mislabelled job descriptions as a result of not fully grasping the skill sets required for specific tasks and projects.

Would you agree that the role of the Salesforce Architect is clearly understood? And what do you think are the most common misconceptions around the role of Salesforce Architect? So many myths can evolve from persisting misconceptions – these need to be addressed to ensure that the correct professionals are matched with the right role.

Do You Aspire to Become a Salesforce Architect?

Is becoming a Salesforce Architect part of your career path? It’s a goal that many professionals pursue, and over the space of just a few years, we’ve witnessed the evolution of this role. The Salesforce Architect has shifted from IT-focused specialists to those who want to achieve seniority without going into the management team or becoming a project delivery manager.

As Salesforce (as a technology) becomes more established with each year that passes, seniority and salary should increase as Salesforce specialists gain more years of experience.

Final Thoughts

Mason Frank’s comprehensive survey collates data from all over the world to provide an insightful snapshot of Salesforce careers, salaries, training opportunities, and much more.

Join the conversation and have your say today!

The Author

Lucy Mazalon

Lucy is the Operations Director at Salesforce Ben. She is a 10x certified Marketing Champion and founder of The DRIP.

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