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Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

Average pay for an Information Technology Architect in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $108K per year. Total cash earnings of Information Technology Architects range from $73K on the low end to $161K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $23K and $15K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the company and location. Most Information Technology Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number.

$71,550 - $143,905
(Median)
$72K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $108,358
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$31.72 - $104.43
(Median)
$32
$71
$100
MEDIAN: $71.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,550 - $143,905  
   
Bonus
$999 - $22,918  
Profit Sharing
$1,022 - $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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$73,057 - $161,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,042
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$31.72 - $104.43  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $120.80  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$999 - $22,918  
   
Commission
$2,027 - $49,316  
Profit Sharing
$1,022 - $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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$73,057 - $161,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150

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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 who advance into the role of a Chief Technology Officer are fairly uncommon. Chief Technology Officers on average earn $145K 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.

Information Technology (IT) Architect Job Listings

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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. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) pays the most with a median salary of $135K, though there is little variation overall ($110K to $184K). Those in search of high salaries should also consider EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, and AT&T Inc., top-paying firms where Information Technology Architects rake in a whopping $132K, $121K, or $115K, respectively.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, where the median salary is just $88K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $75K to $133K. 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 Virtualization, Storage Area Networking, Oracle, and IT Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Network Management / Administration, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Information Technology Architects. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $77K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $104K. Information Technology Architects bring in $120K after working for 10 to 20 years. Information Technology Architects who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $131K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


California is a land of opportunity for Information Technology Architects. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose all offering salaries above the national rate. Minneapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers in Denver and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 3 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



Oracle
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IT Management
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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UNIX
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National Average
$117,000

Project Management
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Java
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SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 436 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
56%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

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