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Chief Architect, IT Salary

Compensation for IT Chief Architects in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($148K). Cash earnings for IT Chief Architects — including $34K in bonuses and $13K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $105K to $192K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$100,779 - $170,994
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MEDIAN: $137,773
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$22.30 - $246.58
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MEDIAN: $76.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$100,779 - $170,994  
   
Bonus
$3,500 - $33,646  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $12,723  
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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$104,912 - $192,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 451
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$22.30 - $246.58  
   
Overtime
$49.07 - $66.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$3,500 - $33,646  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $12,723  
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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$104,912 - $192,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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.

Common Career Paths for Chief Architect, IT


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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 report using a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Service Oriented Architecture can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 34 percent above average. Enterprise Application Integration and C++ are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 7 percent and 34 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Network Management / Administration and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people skilled in IT Management are similarly competent in System Architecture and Java.

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Experience Affects Chief Architect, IT Salaries



National Average
$148,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Chief Architect, IT Salaries

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
up arrow 34%

C++
up arrow 7%

Enterprise Application Integration
up arrow 7%


Software Architecture
up arrow 5%

Java
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 2%

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 1%

UNIX
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

IT Management
0%

National Average
$148,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 6%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 5%