Network Architect Salary

Network Architects in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $110K) surpassing six figures annually. Incomes of Network Architects vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $20K cause paychecks to spread between $80K on the low end and $155K on the high end. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$78,126 - $143,390

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$39.45 - $91.23

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$78,126 - $143,390  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,443  
Profit Sharing
$1,953 - $19,489  
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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$80,144 - $155,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 418
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$39.45 - $91.23  
   
Overtime
$25.17 - $119.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,443  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,953 - $19,489  
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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$80,144 - $155,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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

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

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Popular Skills for Network Architect


Network Architects who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Network Architecture / Design, Cisco Networking, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Network Management / Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Management / Administration. Most people who know Cisco Networking also know IT Security & Infrastructure and Network Management / Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Architect

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


For many Network Architects, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $90K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $108K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $121K. Network Architects with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $129K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Network Architects, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Network Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+20 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Minneapolis and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Network Architect Salaries



National Average
$117,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Network Architect Salaries

Network Architecture / Design
up arrow 1%

Cisco Networking
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National Average
$117,000

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 1%

Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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