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Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

Wages for Information Technology Architects in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($109K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Information Technology Architects stretch from $73K on the lower end to $161K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $23K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. While the company and geographic location impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. For the most part, Information Technology Architects enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number.

$71,221 - $144,207
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$71K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $108,578
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$31.17 - $106.23
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MEDIAN: $71.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,221 - $144,207  
   
Bonus
$995 - $22,621  
Profit Sharing
$1,013 - $14,567  
Commission
$2,027 - $49,316  
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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$72,640 - $161,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,066
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Hourly Rate
$31.17 - $106.23  
   
Overtime
$12.08 - $119.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$995 - $22,621  
   
Commission
$2,027 - $49,316  
Profit Sharing
$1,013 - $14,567  
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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$72,640 - $161,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152

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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 do not often transition into Chief Technology Officer roles. The role averages $146K per year. More often than not, an IT Chief Architect role is the next step for Information Technology Architects moving up in the field. IT Chief Architects usually make $135K per year. Many other Information Technology Architects choose to take on an Information Technology Director role, where salaries are typically $101K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Information Technology Architects include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, Hewlett-Packard Company, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and InfoSys Limited. Information Technology Architects in search of the best pay head to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), where the median salary rolls in at $135K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $184K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $110K. EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, and AT&T Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Information Technology Architects earning around $132K, $121K, or $115K at each firm, respectively.

Information Technology Architects will find the worst pay at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, where the median salary crawls in at $89K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $132K, leaving little room for growth. Other low-paying employers include Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) at $102K and InfoSys Limited at $102K, though some Information Technology Architects there earn up to $168K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Survey takers working as Information Technology Architects report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Virtualization, Storage Area Networking, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Network Management / Administration, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. The majority of those who know IT Management also know IT Security & Infrastructure, Java, and Virtualization.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Architect

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


Information Technology Architects with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $76K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $104K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Information Technology Architects make a median salary of $121K. Information Technology Architects who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $132K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Information Technology Architects, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Minneapolis. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Chicago (8 percent lower and 4 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
$117,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries


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Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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UNIX
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IT Management
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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National Average
$117,000

Project Management
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Java
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 425 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
55%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%
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