Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

Information Technology Architects in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $109K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Information Technology Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $23K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $73K and $162K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the company and location have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Information Technology Architects claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$71,352 - $144,367
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$71K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $109,155
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$31.86 - $108.43
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MEDIAN: $73.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,352 - $144,367  
   
Bonus
$978 - $23,010  
Profit Sharing
$1,004 - $14,561  
Commission
$2,013 - $40,547  
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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$72,938 - $161,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,045
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$31.86 - $108.43  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $122.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$978 - $23,010  
   
Commission
$2,013 - $40,547  
Profit Sharing
$1,004 - $14,561  
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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$72,938 - $161,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Information Technology Architects sometimes become Chief Technology Officers, where the average income is $146K per year. Going from Information Technology Architect to IT Chief Architect is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $135K. Many others choose to work as Information Technology Directors, where pay is typically $101K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Information Technology Architects flock to International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, Hewlett-Packard Company, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and InfoSys Limited, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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. EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, and AT&T Inc. also offer top salaries for Information Technology Architects. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $132K, $119K, and $115K, respectively.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp offers the least pay with a median salary of $91K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $131K. 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 Linux, Oracle, Virtualization, and Storage Area Networking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Network Management / Administration, and Internet Information Server. Most people experienced in IT Management also know IT Security & Infrastructure, Virtualization, and Java.

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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $78K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $103K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Information Technology Architects make a median salary of $121K. 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 $133K.

Pay Difference by Location


Information Technology Architects will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Information Technology Architects will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+24 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), San Jose (+18 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 3 percent less, 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 Security & Infrastructure
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 392 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
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%
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