So I was digging around on www.indeed.com and they have some really cool analytic tools for deducing what the job market and salary info is for a particular industry. Just put in the keywords and boom, awesome results. One of the things that is self evident, is what the architect and pattern software skill sets allow as for default pay grade. I also want to point out though, these numbers are somewhat low (by about 5-10%). They do however show the fact that with those skill sets, the rates go up substantially. Regardless, the graphs and data are really cool, and some interesting analysis of these data points can be performed.