Network Architect Salary

Compensation for Network Architects in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($110K). Cash earnings for Network Architects — including $20K in bonuses and $19K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $80K to $155K depending on individual performance. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Network Architects enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$78,033 - $143,502
(Median)
$78K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $110,460
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$39.45 - $91.23
(Median)
$39
$62
$91
MEDIAN: $61.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$78,033 - $143,502  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,453  
Profit Sharing
$1,957 - $19,392  
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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$80,039 - $154,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 414
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$39.45 - $91.23  
   
Overtime
$35.00 - $77.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,453  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,957 - $19,392  
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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$80,039 - $154,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 Cisco Networking, Network Architecture / Design, 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. It is often found that people who know Cisco Networking are also skilled in Network Management / Administration and IT Security & Infrastructure.

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. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $90K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $109K. Network Architects see a median salary of $122K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $129K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Network Architects in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Network Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+19 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Nashville. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Atlanta (10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Network Architect Salaries



National Average
$117,000


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Skills That Affect Network Architect Salaries

Network Architecture / Design
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Cisco Networking
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National Average
$117,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 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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