Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

15-1143 Computer Network Architects

Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Excludes "Information Security Analysts" (15-1122), "Network and Computer Systems Administrators" (15-1142), and "Computer Network Support Specialists" (15-1152).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
137,890 1.6 % $45.19 $94,000 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.28 $33.40 $43.75 $55.44 $68.07
Annual Wage (2) $52,580 $69,470 $91,000 $115,320 $141,590


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 38,240 2.39 $46.19 $96,070
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 12,490 2.16 $45.08 $93,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises 8,610 0.43 $43.91 $91,340
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,740 0.52 $47.54 $98,890
Insurance Carriers 5,290 0.46 $45.94 $95,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Satellite Telecommunications 360 3.13 $46.32 $96,350
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 38,240 2.39 $46.19 $96,070
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 12,490 2.16 $45.08 $93,770
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 5,220 2.08 $48.81 $101,520
Other Telecommunications 1,980 1.86 $42.63 $88,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 460 0.17 $56.70 $117,940
Natural Gas Distribution 120 0.11 $55.72 $115,900
Other Information Services 970 0.57 $54.52 $113,400
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 270 0.25 $54.23 $112,800
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,200 0.31 $54.13 $112,600


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 15,590 1.09 1.03 $52.14 $108,460
Florida 14,430 1.98 1.87 $33.29 $69,230
Texas 11,450 1.08 1.02 $45.16 $93,930
Virginia 11,240 3.12 2.95 $50.30 $104,620
New York 6,360 0.74 0.70 $48.53 $100,950




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 11,240 3.12 2.95 $50.30 $104,620
Florida 14,430 1.98 1.87 $33.29 $69,230
Maryland 4,760 1.89 1.79 $49.30 $102,540
Washington 4,230 1.53 1.44 $47.59 $98,980
Massachusetts 4,800 1.50 1.42 $51.85 $107,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 1,500 0.93 0.88 $55.54 $115,520
New Hampshire 280 0.46 0.44 $55.17 $114,750
California 15,590 1.09 1.03 $52.14 $108,460
Massachusetts 4,800 1.50 1.42 $51.85 $107,840
New Jersey 5,670 1.49 1.41 $50.86 $105,780





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,870 4.21 3.98 $52.53 $109,260
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,480 0.87 0.82 $52.70 $109,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,260 1.10 1.04 $43.51 $90,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,210 1.16 1.09 $49.53 $103,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,110 1.96 1.85 $44.69 $92,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,500 2.48 2.35 $48.92 $101,760
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,360 1.97 1.86 $52.44 $109,080
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 3,350 2.97 2.81 $36.23 $75,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,120 1.38 1.30 $45.17 $93,950
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,910 1.10 1.04 $44.09 $91,700




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tallahassee, FL 980 6.25 5.90 $27.49 $57,170
Gainesville, FL 700 5.89 5.57 $27.03 $56,210
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,190 4.36 4.12 $42.78 $88,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,870 4.21 3.98 $52.53 $109,260
Olympia, WA 340 3.60 3.40 $39.91 $83,010
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 730 3.58 3.38 $40.47 $84,180
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 1,960 3.50 3.31 $50.38 $104,790
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,830 3.15 2.98 $66.60 $138,520
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 3,350 2.97 2.81 $36.23 $75,350
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 440 2.79 2.64 $53.87 $112,050




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 40 0.14 0.13 $75.73 $157,530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,830 3.15 2.98 $66.60 $138,520
Manchester, NH 90 0.92 0.87 $60.73 $126,310
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,060 1.05 1.00 $60.35 $125,520
Columbus, IN 30 0.66 0.63 $58.88 $122,470
Reno-Sparks, NV 130 0.71 0.67 $58.59 $121,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 2,010 2.01 1.90 $58.34 $121,350
Missoula, MT (8) (8) (8) $58.34 $121,350
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 300 2.58 2.44 $56.99 $118,550
Salisbury, MD (8) (8) (8) $55.60 $115,650

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 410 2.32 2.19 $41.65 $86,640
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 220 1.41 1.33 $27.53 $57,260
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.11 1.05 $32.00 $66,570
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 170 0.60 0.56 $38.35 $79,760
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.77 0.73 $37.47 $77,940

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 410 2.32 2.19 $41.65 $86,640
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 1.99 1.88 $47.82 $99,460
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 220 1.41 1.33 $27.53 $57,260
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.11 1.05 $32.00 $66,570
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 1.02 0.97 $32.21 $66,990

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.60 0.57 $65.89 $137,060
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 0.37 $51.23 $106,570
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.19 $48.76 $101,410
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 1.99 1.88 $47.82 $99,460
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $44.01 $91,550


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013