On average, Information Technology Architects in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($115K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Information Technology Architects — as high as $25K, $20K and $50K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $79K to $165K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the specific employer and location. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$78,766 - $149,051
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$79K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $114,874
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$24.83 - $120.17
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$65
$120
MEDIAN: $65.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$78,766 - $149,051  
   
Bonus
$1,488 - $24,751  
Profit Sharing
$797 - $19,690  
Commission
$2,013 - $49,665  
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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$79,076 - $165,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.83 - $120.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$10.77 - $91.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,488 - $24,751  
   
Commission
$2,013 - $49,665  
Profit Sharing
$797 - $19,690  
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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$79,076 - $165,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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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While Information Technology Architects do not often become Chief Technology Officers, the job pays $148K per year on average. More often, however, Information Technology Architects go on to become IT Chief Architects or Solutions Architects.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Many Information Technology Architects can be found at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, InfoSys Limited, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), firms that are at the top of the field. 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, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and AT&T Inc., top-paying firms where Information Technology Architects rake in a very impressive $132K, $118K, or $114K, respectively.

UnitedHealth Group, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and InfoSys Limited are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($100K, $102K, and $102K respectively).

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 Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Linux, and System Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft SQL Server, Cisco Networking, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people experienced in IT Management also know Project Management and Virtualization. A tool kit that includes IT Security & Infrastructure also typically contains Virtualization and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Information Technology Architects. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $88K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $112K. Information Technology Architects claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $124K. Information Technology Architects with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $119,669

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For Information Technology Architects, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Information Technology Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Hartford (+13 percent). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Columbus and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent less).

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
$120,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries


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$120,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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