What are the typical business architect salaries across the spectrum? Are the business architect salaries a measure of their competence and value-add, or an anomaly? As the business architecture discipline emerges and establishes into a mainstream discipline, and business architect titles become more familiar, and more importantly as business architects deliver exponential value beyond their pay grade, things will change substantively, and for the better.
If you are considering a career as a business architect and looking for salary information, or you are already a business architect and looking for benchmarks and trends to peg your salary and compensation, let’s dive right in.
If you analyze the current business architect salary trends, one can come up with either a glass-half-full or half-empty perspective.
First, let’s look into the business architect salary data:
According to Glassdoor, the national average compensation a business architect makes is $135,000, with a range of $101,000 all the way to $169,000. Senior business architects earn an average of $155,000 with a range of $119,000 – 195,000.
According to Indeed.com, the average salary for business architects, across the nation, is $120,000.
Another player which monitors wages and compensation data, Payscale.com estimates a senior business architect to take home $123,000.
The business architect salaries in the neighbor to our north, Canada, can be found here. You can find UK salary range for business architects here. And what business architects make in Australia here.
The glass half full perspective is crossing over into the $100,000 average and potentially making $150,000 or more is nothing to sneeze about. For most of this compensation makes for a good/great living. And of course, the pay hike that comes with growth in the career is to be considered as well.
The glass-half-empty perspective leads one to compare a business architect salary against other high paying professions, investment bankers to business development folks, management consultants to lawyers.
So, can/should a business architect make a million dollar salary a year? Do they deserve it? Or is the role of a business architect limited in scope and impact? In our opinion, for business architects to climb to the upper echelons of corporate hierarchy and command the seven-figure compensations, they need to get out of the IT box and add exponential value. Despite what some of the industry bodies and experts surmise, many business architects are still thinking narrowly about IT and systems, and not the actual business perspective.
Furthermore, regarding making an impact, two things stand out: a) The time to value needs to be accelerated and b) The effect needs to be at a strategic, operational, and tactical levels, not just the IT level. Once the business architect is influencing the strategic direction, operating model, and structured capability evolution, it is possible to make 2x or 3x the national average salaries of a typical business architect. Hence, we suggest business architects evolve into Strategic Business Architects.
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