Chief Architect, IT Salary

Average pay for an IT Chief Architect in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $142K per year. Total cash compensation to IT Chief Architects approaches anywhere from $108K on the lower end to $195K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $35K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$104,016 - $173,333
(Median)
$100K
$140K
$170K
MEDIAN: $142,420
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$22.15 - $248.32
(Median)
$22
$66
$250
MEDIAN: $65.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$104,016 - $173,333  
   
Bonus
$3,888 - $34,836  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $15,456  
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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$108,495 - $195,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$22.15 - $248.32  
   
Overtime
$49.07 - $66.57  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$3,888 - $34,836  
   
Profit Sharing
$964 - $15,456  
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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$108,495 - $195,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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 exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Service Oriented Architecture, Cloud Computing, and C++ are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Network Management / Administration and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people familiar with IT Management also know System Architecture and Java.

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Experience Affects Chief Architect, IT Salaries



National Average
$150,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Chief Architect, IT Salaries

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
up arrow 32%

Cloud Computing
up arrow 13%

C++
up arrow 7%

Enterprise Application Integration
up arrow 5%

System Architecture
up arrow 4%

UNIX
up arrow 4%

IT Management
up arrow 3%

Software Architecture
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 2%

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

SQL
0%

National Average
$150,000

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 8%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 4%
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