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Chief Architect, IT Salary

IT Chief Architects enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($141K) annually in the United States. In the world of IT Chief Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $34K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $18K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $105K and $194K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for IT Chief Architects is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$101,780 - $172,696
(Median)
$100K
$140K
$170K
MEDIAN: $140,578
10%
50%
90%

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$22.15 - $248.32
(Median)
$22
$66
$250
MEDIAN: $65.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$101,780 - $172,696  
   
Bonus
$3,964 - $34,216  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $17,617  
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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$105,316 - $193,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 408
National Hourly Rate 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$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
$3,964 - $34,216  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $17,617  
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).
)
$105,316 - $193,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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.

Common Career Paths for Chief Architect, IT


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IT Chief Architects who go on to become Chief Technology Officers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Chief Technology Officer, an upper-level role, pays $145K.

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Popular Skills for Chief Architect, IT


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know Service Oriented Architecture can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 33 percent above average. C++ and Enterprise Application Integration are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 6 percent and 33 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Network Management / Administration and Microsoft SQL Server. For most people, competency in IT Management indicates knowledge of System Architecture and Java.

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Experience Affects Chief Architect, IT Salaries



National Average
$149,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Chief Architect, IT Salaries

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
up arrow 33%

C++
up arrow 6%

Enterprise Application Integration
up arrow 6%


IT Management
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 2%

Software Architecture
up arrow 2%

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 1%

HTML
0%

UNIX
0%

National Average
$149,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 7%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 5%