Security Architect, IT Salary

IT Security Architects in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $120K annually. In the world of IT Security Architects, overall income ranges from $87K near the bottom to $165K at the top; this can include more than $22K from bonuses and more than $24K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While career duration and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Most IT Security Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$85,778 - $152,877
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MEDIAN: $120,091
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$26.00 - $114.88
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$0$165K
Salary $85,778 - $152,877
Bonus $2,886 - $21,531
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $24,240
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$87,200 - $165,255
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 488
Hourly Data $0$114
Hourly Rate $26.00 - $114.88
Overtime $73.27
Annual Data $0$165K
Bonus $2,886 - $21,531
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $24,240
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$87,200 - $165,255
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 19

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Job Description for Security Architect, IT

An information technology (IT) security architect is responsible for the network and computer security for their company. At the early stages of the security life cycle, the security architect acts as a project leader to plan, research, and design elements of security. The security architect starts by creating a general design, planning intended features and functionality. Then, the security architect delegates tasks to members of an assigned programming team to develop the modules necessary for the final security structure. After the pieces have been created, the security architect integrates the security modules and begins testing the final security structure to ensure it behaves as intended. The IT security architect then develops the company policies and procedures for how their company's employees will use the security systems. After researching possible authentication protocols, the security architect selects a scheme to use and implements the selected protocols.

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Security Architect, IT Tasks

  • Research, design, and oversee implementation of information technology, systems, and policies for information security in support of business needs.

Security Architect, IT Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Security Architect, IT


The biggest paychecks can be found at Cisco Systems Inc — the median salary there is $133K.

Popular Skills for Security Architect, IT


IT Security Architects report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, UNIX, Cisco Networking, and IT Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Security Testing and Auditing, and Security Maintenance. Most people skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure are similarly competent in Security Policies and Procedures.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Architect, IT

Pay by Experience for a Security Architect, IT has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Architect, IT with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 85 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Architect, IT with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 171 salaries. An experienced Security Architect, IT which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 310 salaries. A Security Architect, IT with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $144,000 based on 79 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $124,921

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for IT Security Architects that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. IT Security Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+13 percent), Austin (+8 percent), Minneapolis (+4 percent), and New York (+1 percent). IT Security Architects in Harrisburg take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 39 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (14 percent lower) and Plano (11 percent lower).

Security Architect, IT Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Security Architect, IT?

Security Architect, IT in Cincinnati:
"The good and the bad."
Pros: I like the environment, people and flexibility to do my job. I get to learn new technologies.
Cons: Cannot get the tools to do the job. Jobs are never planned out, unreasonable timelines. Worst on boarding I have ever seen zero training.

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Key Stats for Security Architect, IT

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Security Architect, IT Salaries

▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$125,000

▼5%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries

Web Security & Encryption
▲18%

▲4%





Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$125,000

IT Security & Infrastructure
▼1%


▼2%






Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 6%
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