Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

Average pay for Information Technology Architects in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($111K). Cash earnings for Information Technology Architects — including $25K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $74K to $163K depending on individual performance. While the specific employer and geographic location impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance.

$72,489 - $146,261
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$72K
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MEDIAN: $111,118
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$30.04 - $108.62
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MEDIAN: $72.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$72,489 - $146,261  
   
Bonus
$985 - $24,748  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $15,343  
Commission
$30,000  
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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$74,035 - $163,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,115
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Hourly Rate
$30.04 - $108.62  
   
Overtime
$11.23 - $124.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$985 - $24,748  
   
Commission
$30,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $15,343  
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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$74,035 - $163,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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Job Description for Information Technology (IT) Architect

An information technology (IT) architect plays an important part in managing the technological components of a business, specifically security architecture and business plans. IT architects ensure compliance with existing rules and regulations, as well as spearhead the creation and implementation of updated and new security architecture/systems. IT architects also work in risk assessment, foreseeing potential security risks. This career field typically offers a 40-hour workweek and is a salaried position. IT architects usually work in office environments. Occasional travel to industry-related events may be required.

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Information Technology (IT) Architect Tasks

  • Oversee the development of future component architectures and migration plans.
  • Conceive, design, prototype, and test new methods, algorithms, and models.
  • Define and enforce appropriate technical standards and procedures.
  • Lead the research and development of new software products and applications.
  • Define system, technical and application architectures for major areas of development.

Common Career Paths for Information Technology (IT) Architect


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Information Technology Architects who advance into the role of a Chief Technology Officer are fairly uncommon. Chief Technology Officers on average earn $147K per year. The most common career progression for Information Technology Architects leads to becoming an IT Chief Architect, where average pay is $136K annually. However, many Information Technology Architects also opt to become Information Technology Directors. Typically, an Information Technology Director brings home $102K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, and InfoSys Limited are top-notch employers for Information Technology Architects in this area. Salary cannot be beat at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), where median pay comes to $135K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $110K, and the higher end is not far away at $184K. Other big spenders include EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, and AT&T Inc., top-paying firms where Information Technology Architects see paychecks nearing $132K, $116K, or $115K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $76K to just $130K — but Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $92K. Also approaching the lower end are UnitedHealth Group at $100K, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) at $102K, and InfoSys Limited at $102K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Information Technology Architects seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, Oracle, System Architecture, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Management / Administration, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those proficient in IT Management are, more often than not, also skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure and Virtualization.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Information Technology Architects. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $83K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $106K. Information Technology Architects claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $122K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $134K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $118,073

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Information Technology Architects in San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles — the highest-paid cities for Information Technology Architects in California and the United States — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Minneapolis. Employers in Denver and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Information Technology (IT) Architect Reviews

What is it like working as an Information Technology (IT) Architect at AT&T Inc.?

Information Technology (IT) Architect in St. Louis:
"Decent security, not much technical excellence."
Pros: Very good work-life balance and good benefits, pretty good job security. Sometimes elevated access to vendors. Generally flexible with telecommuting and work schedule.
Cons: Very slow technical evolution. Technical excellence is not highly respected, more a game of corporate politics.

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Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries



National Average
$118,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries

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Virtualization
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UNIX
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IT Management
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Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 367 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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