IT Chief Architects receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $147K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of IT Chief Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $36K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $40K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $102K and $205K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for IT Chief Architects is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$100,072 - $183,578
(Median)
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$150K
$180K
MEDIAN: $147,266
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MEDIAN: $63.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$100,072 - $183,578  
   
Bonus
$2,990 - $35,965  
Profit Sharing
$1,949 - $39,732  
Commission
$43,000  
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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$102,401 - $205,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$63.68  
   
Overtime
$62.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,990 - $35,965  
   
Commission
$43,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,949 - $39,732  
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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$102,401 - $205,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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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, Enterprise Application Integration, and Cloud Computing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 11 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft SQL Server and SQL. Those educated in IT Management tend to be well versed in 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $120K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $154K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned IT Chief Architects with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $163K.

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Experience Affects Chief Architect, IT Salaries


National Average
$155,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Chief Architect, IT Salaries

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
up arrow 28%

Enterprise Application Integration
up arrow 11%

IT Management
up arrow 6%

Cloud Computing
up arrow 6%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 6%

Java
up arrow 5%

C++
up arrow 4%

Software Architecture
up arrow 3%

System Architecture
up arrow 2%

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 1%

UNIX
up arrow 1%

National Average
$155,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 4%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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