Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $120K, just under one in three of overall earnings for Information Technology Architects arrives through commissions. In the world of Information Technology Architects, overall income ranges from $80K near the bottom to $167K at the top; this can include more than $25K from bonuses and more than $19K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. 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.

$79,792 - $150,217
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$120K
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MEDIAN: $115,355
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$28.54 - $125.84
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MEDIAN: $66.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$79,792 - $150,217  
   
Bonus
$1,259 - $25,390  
Profit Sharing
$829 - $19,271  
Commission
$35,238  
Total Pay (?
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$80,159 - $167,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 925
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Hourly Rate
$28.54 - $125.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$19.00 - $112.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,259 - $25,390  
   
Commission
$35,238  
Profit Sharing
$829 - $19,271  
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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$80,159 - $167,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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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Information Technology Architects sometimes assume positions such as Chief Technology Officers. That role pays $148K per year on average. 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Information Technology Architects fill the offices of leading firms IBM Global Services, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., InfoSys Limited, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) pays the most with a median salary of $135K, though there is little variation overall ($110K to $184K). Also paying near the top of the field are EMC Corporation at $132K, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $125K, and AT&T Inc., where Information Technology Architects annually earn $114K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include UnitedHealth Group at $100K, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) at $102K, and InfoSys Limited, where $102K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Information Technology Architects seem to wield many 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft SQL Server, Network Management / Administration, and Cisco Networking. Most people skilled in IT Management are similarly competent in Project Management and Virtualization. Most people 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: $120,372

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

Home to some of the best pay for Information Technology Architects, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 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). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Omaha. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (3 percent lower) and Columbus (2 percent lower).

Information Technology (IT) Architect Reviews

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

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
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$120,000

▼8%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 9%