Chief Architect, IT Salary

IT Chief Architects in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $148K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for IT Chief Architects — which occasionally include more than $36K from bonuses and more than $40K from profit sharing — stretch from around $107K to approximately $207K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for IT Chief Architects is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$103,633 - $185,833
$100K
$150K
$190K
MEDIAN: $148,018
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Salary
$103,633 - $185,833  
   
Bonus
$4,061 - $36,043  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $39,732  
Commission
$37,500  
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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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$106,932 - $207,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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Job Description for Chief Architect, IT

Chief information technology (IT) architects are responsible for the IT infrastructure of an organization. They lead the development and delivery of strategic technology solutions that fit the business' needs. Additionally, they are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating business systems and user needs. Chief IT architects work closely with a variety of product and business owners to help understand and clarify business requirements. Additionally, they collaborate with other teams and architects in their organization. Another responsibility of theirs is helping guide technology investments at many different levels in an organization. Chief architects' work hours may vary, and they usually work indoors in an office setting; however, this may vary by organization.

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Chief Architect, IT Tasks

  • Conceive, experiment with, and present architectural approaches for information technology and systems, including software, hardware, and processes, in support of business needs.
  • Ensure architectural integrity and consistency across the entire product.
  • Design new information technology systems.

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IT Chief Architects who go on to become Chief Technology Officers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Chief Technology Officer, an upper-level role, pays $148K.

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Popular Skills for Chief Architect, IT


IT Chief Architects seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Enterprise Application Integration, IT Management, C++, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Enterprise Solutions as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft SQL Server and SQL also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in IT Management also know IT Security & Infrastructure and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Architect, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


IT Chief Architects do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $122K per year. For IT Chief Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $156K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $164K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $157,409

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

For IT Chief Architects, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. IT Chief Architects will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+9 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), Los Angeles (+3 percent), and Milwaukee (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas. Seattle and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Chief Architect, IT

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
54%
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Experience Affects Chief Architect, IT Salaries

▲4%

National Average
$157,000

▼1%

Mid-Career
▼17%

Entry-Level
▼22%

Skills That Affect Chief Architect, IT Salaries

Enterprise Application Integration
▲10%


C++
▲2%

▲2%



System Architecture
▼0%

National Average
$157,000


UNIX
▼1%


HTML
▼3%


SQL
▼6%

Microsoft SQL Server
▼12%

Enterprise Solutions
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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