Chief Architect, IT Salary
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|Salary||$103,633 - $185,833|
|Bonus||$4,061 - $36,043|
|Profit Sharing||$1,007 - $39,732|
|Total Pay (||$106,932 - $207,380|
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.Read More...
Chief architect must have strong architecture and design skills, as these are the primary skill that they rely on. They need to be knowledgeable about performance tuning and scalability, as well as have experience leading and mentoring junior developers. It is essential that chief architects have some experience estimating capacity and work effort needed for IT tasks. A wide degree of creativity is expected in this job, as is an excellent understanding of software development and the ability to write code in at least one programming language. Chief IT architects generally have at least a technology- or business-related bachelor's degree (such as business administration, computer information systems, and computer science). A master's degree generally is preferred. Chief architects usually need at least 10 years of technology architectural design and planning experience across a variety of technology. At least five years of management experience may be preferred.
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.
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
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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