Technology Architecture Salary Survey

FMC Architecture Salary Survey


In late 2013 FMC Surveyed over 1000 architects across England, Scotland and Wales to produce the first ever architecture salary survey. The participants were divided into 6 main areas depending on their specific architecture experience; • Architecture Management • Enterprise Architecture • Business Architecture • Information Architecture • Application Architecture • Technology Architecture The survey covered areas such as gender, geographical location, industry, motivations for leaving, whether the candidate was passive or active, ability to work from home and the total benefits offered including shares, car allowance and pension. The results provide an insight in to architecture and a variety of information that generic salary surveys ignore.

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The Salary Bandings Table
Job Title 10th Percentile of Base Salary
CTO Chief Architect / Head of Architecture Global Head of Architecture Head of Application / Integration Architecture Head of Business Architecture Head of Data / Information Architecture Head of Infrastructure Architecture Head of Solution Architecture Enterprise Architect Enterprise Solution Architect Principal Enterprise Architect Enterprise Integration Architect Enterprise Infrastructure Architect Business Architect Business Process Architect Business Intelligence Architect Data Architect Data Warehouse Architect Database Architect Enterprise Data / Information Architect EAI Architect Lead Solution Architect ERP Architect Software Architect Solution Architect Infrastructure Solution Architect Lead Infrastructure Architect Network Architect Pre Sales Architect Security Architect Service Architect Storage Architect Systems Architect Technical Design Authority £84,550 £80,100 £81,880 £65,845 £68,085 £74,048 £71,200 £62,300 £60,080 £63,480 £72,004 £65,780 £63,920

25th Per- 50th Per- 75th Per- 90th Percentile centile centile centile of Base of Base of Base of Base Salary Salary Salary Salary
£95,000 £90,000 £92,000 £73,983 £76,500 £83,200 £80,000 £70,000 £74,000 £69,000 £83,700 £71,500 £76,000 £107,000 £102,500 £112,000 £85,000 £98,000 £98,500 £85,000 £92,000 £86,500 £75,000 £98,500 £75,000 £80,000 £120,000 £117,000 £132,500 £97,000 £105,000 £110,000 £94,400 £110,000 £92,000 £93,000 £120,000 £98,000 £87,000 £124,000 £130,000 £140,000 £103,000 £111,000 £125,000 £105,000 £110,000 £110,000 £99,500 £120,000 £104,000 £89,000

Max of Base Salary

Average Salary

Architecture Management
£140,000 £140,000 £140,000 £123,000 £125,000 £125,000 £120,000 £120,000 £130,000 £137,500 £123,500 £104,000 £110,000 £111,758 £109,933 £116,397 £91,305 £97,264 £102,625 £92,600 £94,050 £86,116 £79,996 £97,841 £82,856 £80,384

Enterprise Architecture

Business Architecture
£63,985 £54,750 £58,685 £53,350 £58,900 £60,620 £66,240 £67,000 £65,600 £60,500 £55,000 £62,000 £69,000 £69,000 £80,000 £70,700 £77,500 £71,750 £76,000 £74,000 £79,500 £88,000 £82,500 £85,000 £78,500 £105,000 £79,500 £87,500 £101,000 £86,000 £120,000 £92,000 £105,000 £84,000 £101,000 £110,000 £100,000 £120,000 £105,000 £110,000 £84,000 £118,000 £84,998 £71,910 £80,337 £70,120 £81,380 £72,824 £80,648

Data Architecture

Application and Integration Architecture
£54,720 £71,440 £70,200 £40,000 £57,778 £57,000 £76,000 £80,000 £55,000 £59,539 £63,000 £86,000 £90,000 £68,000 £71,500 £70,000 £100,000 £102,500 £76,000 £77,500 £92,000 £110,000 £111,000 £110,000 £93,500 £102,000 £115,000 £125,000 £130,000 £98,500 £73,120 £93,073 £97,283 £70,615 £76,386

Te c h n o l o g y A r c h i t e c t u r e
£48,500 £64,505 £58,200 £62,565 £62,371 £73,950 £82,450 £54,320 £67,900 £50,000 £66,500 £60,000 £64,500 £64,300 £85,000 £85,000 £56,000 £70,000 £60,000 £77,550 £79,000 £70,500 £75,000 £97,000 £90,500 £64,000 £85,000 £75,000 £83,000 £100,000 £80,500 £85,000 £100,000 £96,000 £70,000 £87,900 £85,500 £102,000 £100,000 £85,000 £105,000 £104,000 £96,000 £75,000 £91,500 £100,000 £113,500 £100,000 £85,000 £105,000 £104,000 £105,000 £85,000 £100,000 £69,833 £84,509 £82,867 £74,678 £82,779 £93,992 £92,492 £67,387 £83,717

Salary Increases over the Past 12 Months

• Salary increases over the past 12 months are very consistent across the various architecture Domains. • On average 31% of Architects received no increase with 39% receiving under 2%, so a whopping 70% of architects received at best a salary in line with inflation or lower. • The figure of 18% of Architects who received a pay increase of 5% or higher matched perfectly the 18% who had moved jobs in the last year. • The lowest band of increase was those who had received a pay rise of between 3%-5%. These are in line with those who had received the highest bonus proportion and are therefore can be considered the highest performing architects in the survey. • The vast majority of candidates who are happy in their current role state that they require a 10%15% increase in the current cash element of their roles to move. However, only 2/3rds of candidates who moved in the last year managed to achieve this with only 1/3rds of Enterprise Architects hitting this target increase.

Average Pay Rise Over Last 12 month
120% 100%

>5% 3-5% <3% no rise

80% 60% 40% 20% 0% Arch Mgmt Enterprise Business Information Application Technology Average

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> 10% Pay Rise

17% 13% 12% 9% 6% 12%

We have broken down the information on average pay rises further to see what roles were offering the greater pay increases.

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FMC Comment

As line with what we have experienced this year, Business Architecture is in high demand and we have placed a number of Business Architects who have achieved >15% salary increase.

Regional Differences

• The salary median for Central London based architects is between the 50% and 90% percentile and of course is higher than the regional averages. • The lower end salary median figures are often those who work in the North West, North East, Midlands or Scotland. Those that are based in London work in the public or not for profit sectors • Home based consultants are paid very well - often because of their specialists skills are in high demand by the consultancies that they work for. They are rarely found outside of a consulting company or IT vendor. • Roles in the Southern Home Counties (Sussex, Kent and Surrey) pay significantly less than both London but also the M4 Corridor and Northern Home Counties. The dominant middle lies between £60,000 and £80,000, and that is at least £10,000 less than the Central London figures. • The North West region has an exceptionally narrow distribution: almost all the respondents had a salary between £50,000 and £80,000. 020 7553 5789

Avarage Salary Difference across the Region

Home Counties South

Home Counties North

Greater London

Central London


£5,000.00 -£ -£5,000.00 -£10,000.00 -£15,000.00 -£20,000.00


The above Graph indicates the salary difference between the regions. For example candidates in the south can expect to earn on average £10,000 less than their London counterparts.

M4 Corridor

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Home Based

South West

North West

East Anglia

North East


Architect’s Motivations
The motivations of an architect are vitally important to understand. When you are you are dealing with a candidate market that is 80% - 90% passive you need to understand what motivates people. The most motivating factor for any architect when looking for a new role is career opportunity and increase in salary – no surprises there! • 25% of architects would move for a similar package if they believed it was the right career opportunity – though that is very subjective depending on the candidate. • The majority of home based architects would move in order to work a manager they could learn from. • 84% of architects in permanent roles would describe themselves as passive and not looking to move, therefore they would need to be enticed away from their current position. • The higher you climb in the architecture hierarchy the more important that support from the CIO is in regards to motivations for moving. For a Chief Architect it is the most important motivating factor. • Candidates at the Solution and Design level of architecture are far more motivated by the opportunity learn more technical skills. • Interesting company reputation is twice as important for home based architects than it is for those who are in the office 5 days a week.

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The following graph demonstrates the key motivations for architecture domain excluding career opportunity and salary increase as they were selected by the majority of candidates.

35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% More flexible working condition Business Architecture Data & Information Architecture Enterprise Architecture
(covering multiple domains)

Application and Integration Architecture Architecture Management

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Better location/ Reduction in...

Reduction in amount of travel

A manager who you can learn from

Ownership of a Programme

Company Reputation

Chance to learn new technical skills

Greater support for architecture from

Working from Home

Although home based working has many advantages, the survey showed that there are definite disadvantages too. • More than 50% of those who like to would like have more ownership of a programme from an architecture perspective. This is the least important this factor is for those who work in the office 5 days a week. • Lack of ownership is often a reason given by those in consulting who are looking to exit the industry and move to an end user company. • Only 8% of architects have to be in the office 5 days a week. • The highest level of “anytime” home based work, with more than 40% is East Anglia, Home Countries North, Scotland, North West, North East and the South West.

Industry Variations
It was not possible to list every industry in the survey as the results would be too diluted to be useable but FMC focused on the ones that are most common in their demand for architects.

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Industry Sectors by Pay
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Investment Banking Consulting Investment Management Insurance and Reinsurance Media IT Vendor Retail Banking Health Power & Utilities Fixed Line Telecommunications Mobile Telecommunications Legal Defence Retail Not for Profit* Government

• Architects in Investment Banking earn 1.5 times the median base salary of those employed in the government sector. • Mobile Telecommunications have definitely lower median income, only £72,000. However, their dominant middle is between £65,000 and £96,000, meaning there are still a large number of architects earning well above the median figure.

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Gender Gap
Female architects earn on average 14.3% less than their male counter parts. This could be for a whole variety of reasons the most common one being that females due to family commitments are more likely to work 4 days a week or less. • 54% of the female employees marked that they can work from home anytime, in comparison only 40% of male ones.

FMC Comment

When recruiting ourselves, FMC has not noticed any major differences between the salaries offered for male and female candidates. However, 95% of our database is male so a female architect is rare to say the least!

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Longevity of Employment
• Long term employment in a role does not adversely affect the salary you can expect to receive as an architect. • The longer you are in a role the more likely you are to be happier with how the architecture team is perceived within the company. Making a correlation between the importance of relationships in an architect’s life and job satisfaction. • 48% of architects have been in their current role for less than three years, suggesting a relatively high degree of movement in the industry.

Length of Time in Employment

20% 48% 12%
<3 years 3 -5 years 5 - 10 years 10 + years


Pension, Bonus and Other Benefits
The average amount that a company would put in an architect’s pension is 8%. The consulting industry is likely along with the defence sector and IT vendor to put in the lowest contribution to an architect’s fund.

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Average Bonus for the last three years

30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% No Bonus <10% Bonus 10-15% Bonus >15% Bonus

• Those who would like to have a role with a lower commute time receive, on average 5% less bonus. • Somewhat surprisingly only 50% of those surveyed received a car allowance.

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Which Jobs Have Vested Stock Options

It has often been the case, that due to the complexity of current remuneration packages with certain clients, many architects do not know the true worth of their current package. It is often only revealed when candidates are close to being offered a new role, frequently complicating the offer process.

• Vested stock options have a measurable correlation with the base salary. The lowest paying jobs have a median pay out of £5,000, the middle £10,000, while the highest paying jobs have a median of £20,000. The effective upper bounds are £10,000, £18,000, £25,000 and £50,000, respectively. • The Lead Enterprise and Chief Architects have the highest and most reliable proportion of jobs with vested stock options: near 45% of the respondents had this incentive. • Less reliable, but still strong trend, that more or less 30% of TIA Solution Architects and Lead Solution Architects, Principal Architects and Lead Solution Architects have vested stock options.

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Commentary by FMC

• At FMC we are finding an ever increasing demand for architects. The improvement in the economy and the realisation of the tangible business benefits that the architecture function can bring a business are becoming more known throughout industry. With the increased globalisation of companies and need to integrate new mobile technologies a clear architecture vision is essential in today’s market. • As a result we are seeing a clear correlation of demand outstripping supply, particularly for permanent resources. This is seeing architecture salaries rise and candidates being given the opportunity to move for salary increase in excess of 10% for what they are receiving currently. • While most candidates would describe themselves as passive, there is only a handful that would say no to the right opportunity if it was presented to them.

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If you are an architect wishing to discuss your next career move, an Architecture

hiring manager looking at increasing the size of their team or a HR professional wishing to discuss the salary bands please do not hesitate to get in touch with FMC.

Ben Clark
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