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. Incomes of Network Architects vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $24K cause paychecks to spread between $79K on the low end and $163K on the high end. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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


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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Network Management / Administration. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The relatively untested earn a median of $88K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $108K. Network Architects claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $122K. Network Architects who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $130K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,282

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

With a pay rate for Network Architects that is 31 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Network Architects will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+23 percent), New York (+17 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Nashville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in 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

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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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