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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

15-1241 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, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Excludes “Information Security Analysts” (15-1212), “Computer Network Support Specialists” (15-1231), and “Network and Computer Systems Administrators” (15-1244).


National estimates for Computer Network Architects
Industry profile for Computer Network Architects
Geographic profile for Computer Network Architects

National estimates for Computer Network Architects:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Computer Network Architects:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
168,830 1.4 % $ 58.01 $ 120,650 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Computer Network Architects:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 30.41 $ 40.32 $ 57.94 $ 73.06 $ 81.20
Annual Wage (2) $ 63,240 $ 83,870 $ 120,520 $ 151,960 $ 168,890


Industry profile for Computer Network Architects:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Computer Network Architects:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 45,980 2.03 $ 58.89 $ 122,500
Telecommunications 14,820 2.24 $ 52.14 $ 108,460
Management of Companies and Enterprises 14,820 0.58 $ 56.81 $ 118,150
Employment Services 10,690 0.31 $ 56.08 $ 116,640
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 6,760 0.43 $ 63.91 $ 132,930

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Computer Network Architects:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Telecommunications 14,820 2.24 $ 52.14 $ 108,460
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 45,980 2.03 $ 58.89 $ 122,500
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 6,480 1.71 $ 61.31 $ 127,510
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 230 1.08 $ 67.45 $ 140,300
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,510 0.97 $ 79.55 $ 165,470

Top paying industries for Computer Network Architects:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 1,510 0.97 $ 79.55 $ 165,470
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 2,820 0.29 $ 70.91 $ 147,490
Other Information Services 1,620 0.45 $ 68.87 $ 143,250
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 660 0.18 $ 67.45 $ 140,300
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 230 1.08 $ 67.45 $ 140,300


Geographic profile for Computer Network Architects:

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



Map of employment of computer network architects by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Computer Network Architects:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 20,700 1.25 1.05 $ 62.14 $ 129,240
Texas 14,720 1.20 1.00 $ 55.69 $ 115,840
New York 11,040 1.27 1.06 $ 61.65 $ 128,230
Virginia 10,130 2.70 2.25 $ 65.72 $ 136,710
Colorado 8,460 3.23 2.69 $ 60.00 $ 124,800


Map of location quotient of computer network architects by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Computer Network Architects:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 8,460 3.23 2.69 $ 60.00 $ 124,800
Virginia 10,130 2.70 2.25 $ 65.72 $ 136,710
Maryland 6,730 2.65 2.21 $ 65.64 $ 136,520
Kansas 3,090 2.31 1.93 $ 40.45 $ 84,130
Massachusetts 5,910 1.74 1.45 $ 63.42 $ 131,910


Map of annual mean wages of computer network architects by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Computer Network Architects:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 6,700 1.74 1.45 $ 67.30 $ 139,990
Rhode Island 350 0.76 0.63 $ 66.60 $ 138,530
Delaware 620 1.41 1.18 $ 65.88 $ 137,040
Virginia 10,130 2.70 2.25 $ 65.72 $ 136,710
Maryland 6,730 2.65 2.21 $ 65.64 $ 136,520



Map of employment of computer network architects by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Computer Network Architects:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,790 1.47 1.23 $ 67.35 $ 140,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 9,330 3.18 2.65 $ 68.29 $ 142,040
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,590 1.84 1.53 $ 55.14 $ 114,690
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,970 1.41 1.18 $ 61.38 $ 127,660
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 5,750 3.92 3.27 $ 61.73 $ 128,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,460 0.96 0.80 $ 58.07 $ 120,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,400 2.09 1.74 $ 60.61 $ 126,070
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,150 1.99 1.66 $ 64.49 $ 134,140
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,910 3.66 3.05 $ 85.39 $ 177,600
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,850 1.71 1.43 $ 73.51 $ 152,900


Map of location quotient of computer network architects by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Computer Network Architects:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 210 4.62 3.85 $ 60.90 $ 126,660
Boulder, CO 830 4.54 3.79 $ 61.92 $ 128,790
Huntsville, AL 1,020 4.43 3.70 $ 57.95 $ 120,530
Colorado Springs, CO 1,230 4.29 3.58 $ 54.61 $ 113,590
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 5,750 3.92 3.27 $ 61.73 $ 128,400
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,910 3.66 3.05 $ 85.39 $ 177,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 9,330 3.18 2.65 $ 68.29 $ 142,040
Sioux Falls, SD 480 3.07 2.56 (8) (8)
Lawrence, KS 130 2.93 2.45 $ 38.82 $ 80,750
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 3,500 2.78 2.32 $ 65.86 $ 136,990


Map of annual mean wages of computer network architects by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Computer Network Architects:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,910 3.66 3.05 $ 85.39 $ 177,600
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,850 1.71 1.43 $ 73.51 $ 152,900
Rapid City, SD (8) (8) (8) $ 70.10 $ 145,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 9,330 3.18 2.65 $ 68.29 $ 142,040
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,790 1.47 1.23 $ 67.35 $ 140,090
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 3,500 2.78 2.32 $ 65.86 $ 136,990
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,660 1.38 1.16 $ 65.43 $ 136,100
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 360 0.66 0.55 $ 64.96 $ 135,110
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 270 0.73 0.61 $ 64.92 $ 135,040
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,150 1.99 1.66 $ 64.49 $ 134,140

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Computer Network Architects:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 600 1.60 1.34 $ 32.41 $ 67,410
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.62 0.52 $ 52.51 $ 109,220
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.79 0.66 $ 44.78 $ 93,130
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 0.96 0.80 $ 53.99 $ 112,310
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 0.44 $ 47.25 $ 98,280

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Computer Network Architects:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 600 1.60 1.34 $ 32.41 $ 67,410
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 1.12 0.94 $ 64.19 $ 133,520
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 1.08 0.90 $ 46.36 $ 96,440
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 0.96 0.80 $ 53.99 $ 112,310
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.79 0.66 $ 44.78 $ 93,130

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Computer Network Architects:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 1.12 0.94 $ 64.19 $ 133,520
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 100 0.30 0.25 $ 57.49 $ 119,570
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.14 $ 57.04 $ 118,630
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 0.26 $ 56.36 $ 117,230
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 0.41 $ 54.02 $ 112,360


About May 2021 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022