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Information Technology (IT) Architect Salary

Information Technology Architects in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $109K annually. Cash earnings of Information Technology Architects — including $23K in bonuses, $15K in profit sharing proceeds, and $50K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $73K to approximately $162K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the company and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Information Technology Architects. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,049 - $144,394
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$71K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $108,893
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$31.86 - $106.23
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MEDIAN: $72.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,049 - $144,394  
   
Bonus
$986 - $22,733  
Profit Sharing
$1,012 - $14,590  
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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$72,610 - $161,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,061
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Hourly Rate
$31.86 - $106.23  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $120.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$986 - $22,733  
   
Commission
$2,013 - $49,665  
Profit Sharing
$1,012 - $14,590  
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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$72,610 - $161,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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Though some Information Technology Architects move into positions like Chief Technology Officer (where the average salary is $146K), this progression is not the norm. Going from Information Technology Architect to IT Chief Architect is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $135K. Many others choose to work as Information Technology Directors, where pay is typically $101K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Information Technology Architects include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., IBM Global Services, Hewlett-Packard Company, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and InfoSys Limited. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) offers the best pay with a median salary of $135K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $110K and maxing out at just $184K. EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, and AT&T Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Information Technology Architects earning around $132K, $120K, or $115K at each firm, respectively.

With a median salary of $89K, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp provides Information Technology Architects with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $132K, limiting employee salary growth. Other low-paying employers include Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) at $102K and InfoSys Limited at $102K, though some Information Technology Architects there earn up to $168K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Architect


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their 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 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Network Management / Administration, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, 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.


For many Information Technology Architects, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $77K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $104K. Information Technology Architects with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $121K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $132K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Information Technology Architects that is 25 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Technology Architects will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+24 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), San Jose (+17 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (7 percent lower) and Chicago (3 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
$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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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 417 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
54%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%
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