Network Architect Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Network Architects comes from commissions — more than a third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $117K. Overall incomes of Network Architects generally bottom out at around $79K and peak near $163K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $24K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$76,877 - $146,748
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$77K
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MEDIAN: $112,014
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$37.50 - $90.99
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MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,877 - $146,748  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,247  
Profit Sharing
$1,944 - $24,955  
Commission
$42,500  
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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$78,788 - $162,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 499
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$37.50 - $90.99  
   
Overtime
$25.17 - $119.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,247  
   
Commission
$42,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,944 - $24,955  
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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$78,788 - $162,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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


Job skills reported by Network Architects are limited. 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 familiar with 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 Network Architects, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $88K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $108K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $122K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $130K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,282

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

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Network Architects, 31 percent above the national average. Network Architects will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+23 percent), New York (+17 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Nashville is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis (10 percent lower) and Atlanta (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Network Architect Salaries



National Average
$117,000



Skills That Affect Network Architect Salaries

Network Architecture / Design
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$117,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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