IT and enterprise architects are in huge demand. They can be hard to recruit, especially for companies whose core business unit isn’t enterprise software development. However, the software has become a critical component of every company’s strategy. What’s to be done?

For many companies, it makes sense to outsource these projects using Teams as a Service (TaaS) to fulfill these enterprise architecture needs. Using the TaaS approach provides a more flexible, simpler, and less expensive solution than internal recruitment.

We’ve pulled together some industry stats and salary information about this role to help you determine whether you should directly hire or outsource to a team. For contrast, check out how much it would cost to outsource an IT architect and a flexible team of developers with our TaaS pricing calculator.

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The Role: Enterprise Architect and IT Architect

When it comes to working on IT architecture and enterprise architecture, there is no single accepted definition about what the job entails or what skills are required. Some believe that this title can incorporate almost any individual working in IT with roles differentiated by solution-specific expertise. Technopedia defines an enterprise architect as “an individual that architects or designs IT solutions for organizations. They possess a strong business and IT background to architect hardware, software, networks, or any IT solution that gives the best results to the business.”

Enterprise architecture helps align business and IT goals to support a long-term strategy.

Associated Titles

Specialization in these skills has resulted in a variety of different titles to be used for similar positions including:

  • Cloud architect
  • Solution architect
  • Data architect
  • Business architect
  • Project architect
  • Technical architect
  • SOA architect
  • Infrastructure architect


Building an enterprise architecture requires an individual to have advanced information technology skills in planning, implementing, and architecting IT solutions and services. They typically use methodical diagrams to model solutions before implementation, taking into consideration current and long-term business goals. Specifically, they must have expertise in:

  • Data mining and modeling
  • Various frameworks
  • How to use different design tools
  • Unified modeling language (UML)
  • Requirement analysis and management
  • Solution visualization
  • Data security

In addition to technical skills, enterprise and IT architects must be able to effectively communicate with a range of individuals, from those with technical backgrounds to high-level business-centric stakeholders. They must be able to effectively analyze data to come up with creative solutions to help the businesses achieve their goals.

Enterprise architects must have a technical background and effective communication skills to communicate will individuals at all levels of the business.


There are large average salary ranges based on location or level of seniority. For example, an enterprise architect in San Francisco makes about $20K more than the national average. Additional seniority can add $10K-$20K or more in base salary. Plus, you need to factor in health, retirement, bonuses, and other benefits and incentives.

Here’s the average US base salary breakdown for some IT architecture and enterprise architecture titles:

  • Enterprise architect: $139K
  • IT Architect: $127K
  • Infrastructure architect: $115K
  • Cloud architect: $142K
  • Data architect: $123K
  • Solution architect: $122K

Hiring a skilled architect for your organization will be a $150,000+ investment no matter where in the US you’re located or how junior you hire.


Cost aside. Just finding and recruiting someone with strong enterprise architecture skills is a challenge. When looking to hire an IT or enterprise architect you can’t just consider average salary and benefits, you must consider the salary bump you might have to include to successfully lure high quality professionals from their current employer. According to the Hervey Nash / KPMG CIO Surveys from 2017 and 2018, the demand for technical architects and enterprise architects has increased by over 25% in the last two years. They’re very aware of how in-demand they are.

The demand for technical and enterprise architects has increased over 25% in the last two years.

You also likely need more than just one individual to handle your organization’s enterprise architecture. This technical area has become increasingly complex and requires a team of expert modelers, analysts, etc.… This team must understand the history of the organization and be able to effectively communicate with executives to provide the services needed to advance and support business.

Most organizations have fluctuating needs for these skills so some quarters your team might be overstressed while others might leave them underworked.

Combat Hiring Challenges with an Outsourced Team

Utilizing an outsourced IT development partner could be the solution your organization is looking for.

Using an outsourced Team as a Service (TaaS) removes the costly and time-consuming process of hiring and provides you with individuals who have the skills you need right when you need them. Whether you want to have a team on-site, remote, or a hybrid of both – you can have the people you need completing projects at a more cost-effective price. Using TaaS could mean the difference between enterprise architecture project success and failure.

Interested in finding out how much hiring an outsourced team would cost? Try out our TaaS pricing calculator for a pricing estimate or call us at 630-870-1936 to discuss your specific needs.

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