Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
157,830 1.6 % $51.86 $107,870 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.96 $37.53 $50.31 $63.68 $78.07
Annual Wage (2) $58,160 $78,070 $104,650 $132,460 $162,390


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 43,340 2.15 $52.94 $110,120
Telecommunications 17,980 2.30 $52.41 $109,000
Management of Companies and Enterprises 11,470 0.49 $53.25 $110,760
Employment Services 7,610 0.21 $52.99 $110,210
Insurance Carriers 5,860 0.50 $52.38 $108,950

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Telecommunications 17,980 2.30 $52.41 $109,000
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 43,340 2.15 $52.94 $110,120
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 5,290 1.72 $56.67 $117,880
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 2,090 1.30 $60.78 $126,420
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 230 1.28 $58.68 $122,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 910 0.25 $69.00 $143,520
Nonresidential Building Construction 100 0.01 $68.83 $143,170
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 360 0.07 $62.91 $130,850
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 2,010 0.22 $61.78 $128,500
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 2,090 1.30 $60.78 $126,420


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 16,900 1.01 0.91 $61.91 $128,770
Florida 13,340 1.58 1.43 $39.87 $82,920
Texas 12,330 1.04 0.94 $55.99 $116,470
Virginia 10,180 2.69 2.43 $56.58 $117,700
New York 8,890 0.97 0.87 $52.50 $109,200




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 10,180 2.69 2.43 $56.58 $117,700
Washington 6,570 2.06 1.86 $50.43 $104,890
Maryland 5,230 1.96 1.77 $52.43 $109,050
Colorado 4,960 1.94 1.75 $52.81 $109,840
District of Columbia 1,290 1.82 1.64 $54.49 $113,330




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 16,900 1.01 0.91 $61.91 $128,770
New Jersey 5,260 1.31 1.18 $61.72 $128,370
Delaware 680 1.54 1.40 $59.76 $124,310
Oregon 1,080 0.59 0.53 $58.66 $122,020
Connecticut 1,680 1.02 0.92 $58.03 $120,700



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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 8,770 3.48 3.14 $58.76 $122,220
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,400 1.11 1.00 $60.45 $125,740
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,920 1.97 1.78 $57.11 $118,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,620 1.77 1.59 $55.03 $114,470
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,420 2.68 2.42 $54.33 $113,010
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,050 1.11 1.00 $53.99 $112,300
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,050 2.20 1.99 $57.40 $119,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,040 3.71 3.35 $69.46 $144,490
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,570 2.47 2.23 $54.88 $114,140
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,510 1.81 1.64 $51.69 $107,520


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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)
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 1,650 15.08 13.62 $41.84 $87,020
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,040 3.71 3.35 $69.46 $144,490
California-Lexington Park, MD 170 3.64 3.29 $50.13 $104,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 8,770 3.48 3.14 $58.76 $122,220
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 640 3.12 2.81 $38.06 $79,160
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 450 2.97 2.68 $33.03 $68,700
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 1,630 2.79 2.52 $51.58 $107,290
Boulder, CO 480 2.70 2.44 $52.15 $108,480
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,420 2.68 2.42 $54.33 $113,010
Raleigh, NC 1,520 2.50 2.26 $51.04 $106,160


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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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 4,040 3.71 3.35 $69.46 $144,490
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $64.97 $135,130
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 130 0.72 0.65 $64.20 $133,530
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 240 1.52 1.37 $63.93 $132,970
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,480 1.30 1.18 $63.60 $132,280
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,510 1.05 0.95 $63.45 $131,970
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 2,630 2.36 2.13 $63.12 $131,290
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 600 1.73 1.56 $61.94 $128,830
Trenton, NJ 270 1.15 1.04 $61.42 $127,760
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 930 0.80 0.73 $61.30 $127,510

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)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 170 0.94 0.85 $29.22 $60,770
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.07 0.96 $33.29 $69,250
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.57 0.51 $43.38 $90,230
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.51 0.46 $39.86 $82,910
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 0.57 0.51 $41.84 $87,030

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 1.19 1.08 $40.96 $85,200
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.07 0.96 $33.29 $69,250
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 170 0.94 0.85 $29.22 $60,770
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.82 0.74 $41.06 $85,400
Southeast Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.70 0.64 $32.42 $67,440

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.11 $47.96 $99,750
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 0.29 $47.76 $99,350
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.13 $43.60 $90,690
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.57 0.51 $43.38 $90,230
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.96 $89,360


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018