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Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

Generous salaries abound for Information Technology Architects in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($115K) per year. Total cash earnings of Information Technology Architects range from $72K on the low end to $160K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $22K and $14K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the specific employer and geography are influential factors as well. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Most Information Technology Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high.
$70,546 - $142,247
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,546 - $142,247  
   
Bonus
$1,009 - $22,196  
Profit Sharing
$1,226 - $13,811  
Commission
$13,500 - $36,000  
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$72,002 - $159,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,022
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$30.93 - $103.16  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $128.36  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,009 - $22,196  
   
Commission
$13,500 - $36,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,226 - $13,811  
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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$72,002 - $159,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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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There are some Information Technology Architects — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Technology Officers, where earnings are an average $145K annually. The most common promotion for Information Technology Architects is IT Chief Architect, a position that typically pays $134K annually. Another standard transition for Information Technology Architects seeking advancement is to assume an Information Technology Director role, where pay is often $100K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Information Technology Architects include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, Hewlett-Packard Company, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and InfoSys Limited. Information Technology Architects seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at EMC Corporation, where the average salary comes to $132K. Hewlett-Packard Company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and AT&T Inc. also offer top salaries for Information Technology Architects. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $120K, $115K, and $113K, respectively.

Although Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp hands out the lowest average salary in town at $88K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $74K or as much as $134K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) at $102K, and InfoSys Limited where $102K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Information Technology Architects there earn up to $168K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Information Technology Architects seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Virtualization, Oracle, IT Management, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Network Management / Administration, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Those proficient in IT Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Java and IT Security & Infrastructure.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Architect

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $77K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $102K. Information Technology Architects with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $119K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $130K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Information Technology Architects, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Information Technology Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), Washington (+17 percent), New York (+16 percent), and San Jose (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (3 percent lower) and Minneapolis (2 percent lower).

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
$115,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries


Oracle
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IT Management
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UNIX
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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$115,000

Project Management
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SQL
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Java
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 466 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
55%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%