Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

Compensation for Information Technology Architects in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($109K). The final incomes of Information Technology Architects generally vary between $73K and $162K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $23K, $15K, and $41K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and location. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of Information Technology Architects claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$71,665 - $144,538
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$72K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $109,317
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$31.79 - $111.23
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$32
$73
$110
MEDIAN: $72.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,665 - $144,538  
   
Bonus
$980 - $23,203  
Profit Sharing
$1,004 - $14,561  
Commission
$2,013 - $40,547  
Total Pay (?
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$73,276 - $161,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,047
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Hourly Rate
$31.79 - $111.23  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $123.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$980 - $23,203  
   
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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$73,276 - $161,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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. The most common promotion for Information Technology Architects is IT Chief Architect, a position that typically pays $135K annually. Another standard transition for Information Technology Architects seeking advancement is to assume an Information Technology Director role, where pay is often $101K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, Hewlett-Packard Company, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and InfoSys Limited are top-notch employers for Information Technology Architects in this area. Employees at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $135K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $110K and higher ones not far away at only $184K. Information Technology Architects will also find cushy salaries at EMC Corporation (+$132K), Hewlett-Packard Company (+$119K), and AT&T Inc. (+$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 $89K. 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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Network Management / Administration, and Internet Information Server. For most people, competency in IT Management indicates knowledge of 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $78K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $104K. Information Technology Architects see a median salary of $121K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $133K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Information Technology Architects that is 24 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Technology Architects will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+24 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), San Jose (+18 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (7 percent lower) and Dallas (3 percent lower).

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

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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 390 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: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%
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