Information Technology Architects enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($116K) annually in the United States. Total cash compensation for Information Technology Architects runs from $80K to $167K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $25K and profit sharing that can reach almost $16K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Information Technology Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,331 - $149,912
$79K
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$150K
MEDIAN: $115,620
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$28.01 - $127.66
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MEDIAN: $64.59
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Salary
$79,331 - $149,912  
   
Bonus
$1,496 - $25,486  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $15,587  
Commission
$34,614  
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$79,593 - $166,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,037
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$28.01 - $127.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$-0.49 - $89.01  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,496 - $25,486  
   
Commission
$34,614  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $15,587  
Total Pay (?
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$79,593 - $166,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 76

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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. 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 $136K per year. Many other Information Technology Architects choose to take on a Solutions Architect role, where salaries are typically $119K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, 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. Pay for Information Technology Architects is best at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), which offers a median salary of $135K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $110K to $184K. Also paying near the top of the field are EMC Corporation at $132K, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $120K, and AT&T Inc., where Information Technology Architects annually earn $114K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are UnitedHealth Group ($100K), Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) ($102K), and InfoSys Limited ($102K).

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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Operating System General Use, and Cisco Networking. Most people experienced in IT Management also know Project Management and Virtualization. Most people familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also know 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.


Information Technology Architects with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $90K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $111K. On average, Information Technology Architects make $125K following one to two decades on the job. Information Technology Architects who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $120,113

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Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Information Technology Architects in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Technology Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Washington (+21 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 3 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Atlanta (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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 129 votes.
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Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries



National Average
$120,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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