Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Information Technology Architects comes from commissions — just under one in three on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $121K. In the world of Information Technology Architects, total cash compensation can vary between $81K and $167K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $24K and $16K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance.

$79,956 - $151,020
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MEDIAN: $115,746
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$29.39 - $122.08
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$0$167K
Salary $79,956 - $151,020
Bonus $1,508 - $24,437
Profit Sharing $1,941 - $16,341
Commission $35,238
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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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$80,904 - $167,207
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 877
Hourly Data $0$122
Hourly Rate $29.39 - $122.08
Hourly Tips $5.00
Overtime $11.23 - $122.34
Annual Data $0$167K
Bonus $1,508 - $24,437
Commission $35,238
Profit Sharing $1,941 - $16,341
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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$80,904 - $167,207
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 63

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Information Technology (IT) Architect


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There are some Information Technology Architects — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Technology Officers, where earnings are an average $148K annually. As Information Technology Architects progress in their field, many go on to become IT Chief Architects. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $137K per year. Another common career choice for Information Technology Architects is to move into a Solutions Architect role. Typically, Solutions Architects get paid $119K.

Information Technology (IT) Architect Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


IBM Global Services, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., InfoSys Limited, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Information Technology Architects. Although J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) offers the highest salaries (median pay is $135K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $110K to $184K. EMC Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and AT&T Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Information Technology Architects earning around $132K, $125K, or $114K at each firm, respectively.

UnitedHealth Group, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and InfoSys Limited are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $100K, $102K, and $102K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Information Technology Architects seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, UNIX, Virtualization, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft SQL Server, Network Management / Administration, and Cisco Networking. Most people experienced in IT Management also know Project Management and Virtualization. The majority of those who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know Virtualization and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Architect

Pay by Experience for an Information Technology (IT) Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Information Technology (IT) Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 133 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Information Technology (IT) Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 272 salaries. An experienced Information Technology (IT) Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 633 salaries. An Information Technology (IT) Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $135,000 based on 262 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $120,536

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

For those looking to make money, Information Technology Architects in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Information Technology Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Washington (+19 percent). Omaha is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Houston and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 3 percent less than the median.

Information Technology (IT) Architect Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Information Technology (IT) Architect?

Information Technology (IT) Architect in Kansas City:
"Its nice."
Pros: Its good; I need about 16 more cha.
Cons: Its bad; these are random words.

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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Key Stats for Information Technology (IT) Architect

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$121,000

▼8%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 10%
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