Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

Average pay for an Information Technology Architect in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $111K per year. In the world of Information Technology Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $25K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $74K and $163K. While the specific employer and geographic location impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. The majority of Information Technology Architects claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance.

$72,489 - $146,261
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$72K
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MEDIAN: $111,118
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$30.04 - $108.62
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MEDIAN: $72.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$72,489 - $146,261  
   
Bonus
$985 - $24,748  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $15,343  
Commission
$30,000  
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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$74,035 - $163,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,115
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Hourly Rate
$30.04 - $108.62  
   
Overtime
$11.23 - $124.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$985 - $24,748  
   
Commission
$30,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $15,343  
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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$74,035 - $163,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Chief Technology Officers. That role pays $147K per year on average. An IT Chief Architect role is the most common promotion for Information Technology Architects moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $136K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Information Technology Architects is an Information Technology Director position, where earnings are usually $102K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Dominating the field, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, and InfoSys Limited are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Information Technology Architects. Although the highest salaries can be found at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) where median pay is $135K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $110K and $184K. Other big spenders include EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, and AT&T Inc., top-paying firms where Information Technology Architects see paychecks nearing $132K, $116K, or $115K.

With a median salary of $92K, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp provides Information Technology Architects with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $130K, limiting employee salary growth. UnitedHealth Group, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and InfoSys Limited also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $100K, $102K, and $102K-paychecks on average.

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 Linux, Oracle, System Architecture, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Management / Administration, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those familiar with IT Management also tend to know IT Security & Infrastructure and Virtualization.

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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $83K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $106K. Information Technology Architects claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $122K. 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 $134K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $118,073

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

For Information Technology Architects, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Denver and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 2 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
$118,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries

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Virtualization
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 367 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
53%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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