Even Architectural Technicians go into Architecture because they like to dream big about fancy projects, and probably big salaries in posh practices. Reality hits everyone hard, you realise that although you might not be that far a long in your career, the projects may or may not be fun, but the money doesn't match up. The Senior Technologists you aim to become are only on ten thousand more than you are.
If you're clever, you might realise that Design Management might be the route to go down. A basic, mid level Design manager usually makes £60,000, and the benefits like pension, healthcare and hefty bonuses are far in excess of anything an Architectural Practice might throw at you.
How do you make that leap though? It's so hard to get the first job in the industry. Normally people wait until they've got ten to twenty years under their belt as a Senior Technologist and apply to dozens and dozens of jobs before they get lucky in their first role.
Another way to do it, is to do it early. Join a developer in their mixed Architectural / Design Management department. Here Design Manager is the logical progression for you, it's the next step up. It'll happen without you having to apply to another job.
The package and the money will far outweigh what you earn right now, in five years it'll probably be double what you would have been on in an Architectural practice.