Chief Architect, IT Salary

Generous salaries abound for IT Chief Architects in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($142K) per year. In the world of IT Chief Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $34K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $13K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $108K and $194K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for IT Chief Architects is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$103,880 - $173,661

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$22.15 - $248.32

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$103,880 - $173,661  
   
Bonus
$3,020 - $33,848  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $12,500  
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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$107,992 - $194,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 399
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$22.15 - $248.32  
   
Overtime
$49.48 - $88.44  
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
$3,020 - $33,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $12,500  
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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$107,992 - $194,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Many IT Chief Architects move into a Chief Technology Officer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Chief Technology Officers on average bring in a similar salary to IT Chief Architects.

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Popular Skills for Chief Architect, IT


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 skilled in IT Management are similarly competent in System Architecture and Java.

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Experience Affects Chief Architect, IT Salaries



National Average
$150,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

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%

Java
up arrow 3%

Software Architecture
up arrow 3%

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 1%

SQL
0%

National Average
$150,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 8%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 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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