$118,335
Avg. Salary
$66.85
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$10,137

Bonus

$5,827

Profit Sharing

$40,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Network Architect is $66.85 per hour.

The average pay for a Network Architect is $118,335 per year.

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MEDIAN $118,335
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$0$173K
Salary $74,601 - $155,192
Bonus $2,887 - $26,085
Profit Sharing $1,950 - $20,664
Commission $40,000
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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$76,616 - $173,923
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 652
Hourly Data $0$197
Hourly Rate $29.09 - $104
Overtime $16.80 - $197
Annual Data $0$173K
Bonus $2,887 - $26,085
Commission $40,000
Profit Sharing $1,950 - $20,664
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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$76,616 - $173,923
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 55

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
  • Evaluate new technologies and analyze and explain cost.
  • Act as primary contact for troubleshooting problems and developing innovative solutions.
  • Maintain and improve technical infrastructure based on requirements of research and development personnel.
  • Perform network systems design in web centric data center.

Network Architect Job Listings

Popular Skills for Network Architect


Network Architects only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Cisco Networking, Network Architecture / Design, Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Network Management / Administration. Most people experienced in Cisco Networking also know IT Security & Infrastructure and Network Management / Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Architect

Pay by Experience for a Network Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Network Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 47 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Network Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 111 salaries. An experienced Network Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 260 salaries. A Network Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 101 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $123,264

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

For Network Architects, above-average compensation can be found going east — in Boston, Washington, and New York, in particular. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Nashville, 19 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Dallas and 13 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Network Architect Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Network Architect?

Network Architect in Austin:
"Opportunity for driving change mixed with lots of historic overhead and support of current architecture."
Pros: The people.
Cons: Juggling many projects in limited time.

Network Architect in New York:
Pros: City conveniences. Too many restaurants. Public transportation.
Cons: Dirt. Noise. Smells. Crows. Rudeness.

Network Architect in Denver:
"Certs and Self-Teaching."
These days IT jobs rely mostly on self-teaching. Organizations hiring for IT professionals understand that most college degrees do not prepare for this kind of work. Experience, certifications, and ability to pass a technical interview are the most critical aspects to land a job in this field. Working up from entry-level positions like desktop technical support is much more valuable to most employers. It's a great industry to be in with a severe skills shortage leading to high salaries and plenty of job prospects.

Network Architect in Plantation:
"Read."
Read as much as possible. Study Cisco books and get your hands on white papers for design concepts.

Network Architect in Colorado Springs:
"Knowldge first, then be able to signal your knowledge."
It's just as important to have the degrees and certifications as to have the actual knowledge that they signify. Most employers do not have a good way of evaluating your technical capabilities. They will use your past experience, but that can be misleading. The certifications and degrees can also be misleading, but they are meant to establish a baseline level of competence. HR departments and hiring managers often rely heavily on them for hiring decisions and for decisions on what to pay. Plus, having the certifications gets you past automated filters at the start of the application process. On top of that, as a bonus, study for a lot of the certification programs will tend to fill in gaps in your knowledge and teach you new and useful things. The Cisco certifications have a good reputation in large part because of this. I recommend starting on those certs early, and continuing to study and collect more as much as your schedule allows.

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Key Stats for Network Architect

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
28%

Experience Affects Network Architect Salaries

▲3%

National Average
$123,000

▼1%

▼13%

▼31%

Skills That Affect Network Architect Salaries

National Average
$123,000



Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
▼3%

IT Security & Infrastructure
▼5%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 9%