Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

Generous salaries abound for Information Technology Architects in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. Cash earnings for Information Technology Architects — which occasionally include more than $24K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $74K to approximately $162K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the specific employer and geography are influential factors as well. Most Information Technology Architects report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$71,957 - $144,792

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$31.14 - $110.92

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,957 - $144,792  
   
Bonus
$979 - $23,561  
Profit Sharing
$1,013 - $14,561  
Commission
$7,500 - $36,000  
Total Pay (?
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$73,610 - $161,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,046
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Hourly Rate
$31.14 - $110.92  
   
Overtime
$19.39 - $122.99  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$979 - $23,561  
   
Commission
$7,500 - $36,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,013 - $14,561  
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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$73,610 - $161,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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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 not commonly seen, Information Technology Architects who transition into a Chief Technology Officer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Chief Technology Officers is $146K 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.

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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, Hewlett-Packard Company, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and InfoSys Limited, firms that are at the top of the field. Information Technology Architects in search of the best pay head to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), where the median salary rolls in at $135K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $184K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $110K. Soaring salaries can also be found at EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, and AT&T Inc., where earnings of $132K, $118K, or $115K are standard for Information Technology Architects.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp offers the least pay with a median salary of $89K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $130K. Workers at UnitedHealth Group, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and InfoSys Limited also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $100K, $102K, and $102K respectively.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Survey results imply that Information Technology Architects deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Linux, Oracle, Virtualization, and Storage Area Networking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Network Management / Administration, and Internet Information Server. Most people familiar with IT Management also know IT Security & Infrastructure, Virtualization, and Java.

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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $79K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $104K. Information Technology Architects with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $121K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $134K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Information Technology Architects in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Information Technology Architects in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose are the best-paid American cities for Information Technology Architects, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (7 percent less) and Dallas (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
$117,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Architect Salaries

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Storage Area Networking (SAN)
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UNIX
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IT Management
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National Average
$117,000

IT Security & Infrastructure
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Java
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 385 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
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 8%
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