Chief Architect, IT Salary

Generous salaries abound for IT Chief Architects in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($146K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $36K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to IT Chief Architects can bottom out near $110K or peak near $202K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of IT Chief Architects claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$105,723 - $178,109
(Median)
$110K
$150K
$180K
MEDIAN: $145,634
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90%

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$8.07 - $248.32
(Median)
$8
$66
$250
MEDIAN: $65.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$105,723 - $178,109  
   
Bonus
$3,915 - $35,939  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $14,848  
Commission
$38,660  
Total Pay (?
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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$109,664 - $201,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 410
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$8.07 - $248.32  
   
Overtime
$64.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$3,915 - $35,939  
   
Commission
$38,660  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $14,848  
Total Pay (?
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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$109,664 - $201,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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

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

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For IT Chief Architects, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level IT Chief Architects earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Chief Technology Officer.

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Popular Skills for Chief Architect, IT


IT Chief Architects seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Service Oriented Architecture and C++ are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Network Management / Administration and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people familiar with IT Management also know IT Security & Infrastructure and Java.

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Experience Affects Chief Architect, IT Salaries



National Average
$154,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Chief Architect, IT Salaries

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
up arrow 29%

C++
up arrow 5%

Enterprise Application Integration
up arrow 3%

IT Management
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 2%

UNIX
up arrow 2%

System Architecture
up arrow 1%

Cloud Computing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$154,000

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Software Architecture
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 10%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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