The market for Network Architects is most competitive on the East Coast, where the three top-paying cities can be found: Boston, Washington, and New York. Overall cash earnings for Network Architects stretch from $73K on the lower end to $168K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $22K from bonuses and $38K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Network Architects enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$71,718 - $151,712
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MEDIAN: $112,539
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$29.59 - $100.45
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MEDIAN: $63.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,718 - $151,712  
   
Bonus
$2,492 - $22,397  
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $37,500  
Commission
$32,500  
Total Pay (?
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$72,533 - $167,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 377
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.59 - $100.45  
   
Overtime
$16.11 - $148.99  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,492 - $22,397  
   
Commission
$32,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $37,500  
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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$72,533 - $167,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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


Survey results show that Network Architects use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Network Architecture / Design, Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration, Cisco Networking, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $88K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $110K. Network Architects see a median salary of $123K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $125K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,614

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

Eastern cities like Boston, Washington, and New York are lucrative areas for Network Architects, where pay is higher than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Network Architect Salaries



National Average
$118,000



Skills That Affect Network Architect Salaries

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National Average
$118,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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