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Network Architect Salary

Network Architects in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $108K per year on average. Cash earnings for Network Architects — including $21K in bonuses and $18K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $79K to $154K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Network Architects claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision plans. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$77,331 - $142,341
(Median)
$77K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $108,200
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90%

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$40.72 - $82.43
(Median)
$41
$62
$82
MEDIAN: $61.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,331 - $142,341  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,731  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $17,500  
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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$79,123 - $153,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$40.72 - $82.43  
   
Overtime
$35.00 - $77.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,731  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $17,500  
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).
)
$79,123 - $153,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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 report a narrow range of specific 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. Those familiar with Cisco Networking also tend to know 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.


Network Architects do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $85K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $104K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Network Architects make a median salary of $121K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $128K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Network Architect Salaries



National Average
$115,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Network Architect Salaries

Network Architecture / Design
up arrow 1%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 1%

National Average
$115,000

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 2%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
60%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%