Network Architect Salary

Network Architects in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $110K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation for Network Architects runs from $80K to $155K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $19K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$77,939 - $142,989
(Median)
$78K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $110,416
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$39.15 - $91.92
(Median)
$39
$61
$92
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
$77,939 - $142,989  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,463  
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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$79,907 - $154,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 410
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$39.15 - $91.92  
   
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,463  
   
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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$79,907 - $154,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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 takers who work as Network Architects typically report just a few 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Network Management / Administration. For most people, competency in Cisco Networking indicates knowledge of 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $90K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $109K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Network Architects see a median salary of $121K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $129K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Network Architects, New York provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Network Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+19 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Nashville, 17 percent below the national average. 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


Entry-Level
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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

IT Security & Infrastructure
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Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 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: 68% employee benefits None: 7%
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