Chief Architect, IT Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for IT Chief Architects in the United States, with median pay hovering around $148K per year. With some bonuses approaching $36K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $40K, overall incomes of IT Chief Architects spread between $104K and $213K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Work is enjoyable for IT Chief Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$102,738 - $193,872
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MEDIAN: $149,266
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$42.69 - $100.00
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$0$217K
Salary $102,738 - $193,872
Bonus $4,172 - $44,449
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $39,453
Commission $38,000
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$105,103 - $217,015
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 187
Hourly Data $0$100
Hourly Rate $62.20
Overtime $62.00
Annual Data $0$217K
Bonus $4,172 - $44,449
Commission $38,000
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $39,453
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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$105,103 - $217,015
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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Job Description for Chief Architect, IT

Chief information technology (IT) architects are responsible for the IT infrastructure of an organization. They lead the development and delivery of strategic technology solutions that fit the business' needs. Additionally, they are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating business systems and user needs. Chief IT architects work closely with a variety of product and business owners to help understand and clarify business requirements. Additionally, they collaborate with other teams and architects in their organization. Another responsibility of theirs is helping guide technology investments at many different levels in an organization. Chief architects' work hours may vary, and they usually work indoors in an office setting; however, this may vary by organization.

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Chief Architect, IT Tasks

  • Conceive, experiment with, and present architectural approaches for information technology and systems, including software, hardware, and processes, in support of business needs.
  • Ensure architectural integrity and consistency across the entire product.
  • Design new information technology systems.

Common Career Paths for Chief Architect, IT


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For IT Chief Architects, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level IT Chief Architects earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Chief Technology Officer.

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Popular Skills for Chief Architect, IT


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Enterprise Application Integration, IT Management, C++, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Enterprise Solutions as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft SQL Server and SQL also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know IT Management also know IT Security & Infrastructure and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Architect, IT

Pay by Experience for a Chief Architect, IT has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Architect, IT with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 8 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Architect, IT with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Chief Architect, IT which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $156,000 based on 117 salaries. A Chief Architect, IT with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $164,000 based on 103 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $158,945

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for IT Chief Architects, 11 percent above the national average. IT Chief Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+9 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), Los Angeles (+3 percent), and Milwaukee (+2 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Workers in Seattle and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a Chief Architect, IT?

Chief Architect, IT in Spokane:
"Dynamic, good management, somewhat stressful."
Pros: Variety, influence, people I work with.
Cons: Stress, responsibilities.

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Key Stats for Chief Architect, IT

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
57%
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Experience Affects Chief Architect, IT Salaries

▲3%

National Average
$159,000

▼2%

Mid-Career
▼18%

Entry-Level
▼23%

Skills That Affect Chief Architect, IT Salaries

Enterprise Application Integration
▲9%


C++
▲1%

▲1%



National Average
$159,000

System Architecture
▼1%


UNIX
▼2%


HTML
▼4%


SQL
▼7%

Microsoft SQL Server
▼13%

Enterprise Solutions
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
57%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 11%
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