Network Architect Salary

The three top-paying cities for Network Architects in the United States — Boston, Washington, and New York — are all on the East Coast. In the world of Network Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $24K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $26K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $73K and $169K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Network Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$71,286 - $152,737
$71K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,461
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$29.36 - $100.67
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MEDIAN: $66.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,286 - $152,737  
   
Bonus
$2,894 - $24,290  
Profit Sharing
$1,813 - $25,760  
Commission
$32,500  
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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$72,612 - $168,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.36 - $100.67  
   
Overtime
$60.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,894 - $24,290  
   
Commission
$32,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,813 - $25,760  
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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$72,612 - $168,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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Job Description for Network Architect

Network architects are in charge of effectively designing and reviewing network requirements and capabilities for their organization. They are responsible for validating high-level design plans for optimal network implementation. Network architects must be organized individuals that pay strong attention to detail to prevent network issues and incompatibility. They report their progress and escalate issues to the network administrator or supervisor in their department as needed. One of their main tools includes a personal computer to verify network setting and security requirements by using specialized software to test for security flaws and possible intruder doors.

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Network Architect Tasks

  • Evaluate new technologies and analyze and explain cost.
  • Act as primary contact for troubleshooting problems and developing innovative solutions.
  • Maintain and improve technical infrastructure based on requirements of research and development personnel.
  • Perform network systems design in web centric data center.

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Popular Skills for Network Architect


Survey results imply that Network Architects put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Cisco Networking, Network Architecture / Design, Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Management / Administration. For most people, competency in Cisco Networking indicates knowledge of IT Security & Infrastructure and Network Management / Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Architect

Pay by Experience for a Network Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Network Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 47 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Network Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 111 salaries. An experienced Network Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 260 salaries. A Network Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 101 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

51%

26%

20%

16%

10%

8%

-3%

-13%

National Average: $117,228

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Network Architects, Boston, Washington, and New York, three eastern American cities, are home to the highest salaries in the country, all offering a rate above the national average. Nashville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Minneapolis (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Network Architect

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Network Architect Salaries

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$117,000

▼8%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Network Architect Salaries



Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
▲2%

IT Security & Infrastructure
▼0%

National Average
$117,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 9%