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Network Architect Salary

Network Architects receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $109K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $21K and $18K, respectively — total cash payment to Network Architects can bottom out near $79K or peak near $153K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and the greater part get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$77,534 - $143,002
(Median)
$78K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $108,785
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$39.15 - $81.70
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$39
$61
$82
MEDIAN: $61.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,534 - $143,002  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,566  
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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$79,271 - $153,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 409
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$39.15 - $81.70  
   
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 - $20,566  
   
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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$79,271 - $153,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 report a focused set of job 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. Most people who know Cisco Networking also 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $88K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $104K. Network Architects bring in $121K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $127K on average.

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Experience Affects Network Architect Salaries



National Average
$116,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Network Architect Salaries

Network Architecture / Design
up arrow 1%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 1%

National Average
$116,000

IT Security & Infrastructure
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 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
59%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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