IT Security Architects enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($119K) annually in the United States. Overall incomes of IT Security Architects generally bottom out at around $85K and peak near $163K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $21K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but tenure and the specific company are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for IT Security Architects is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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MEDIAN: $118,832
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$84,320 - $152,104  
   
Bonus
$2,466 - $20,860  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,273  
Commission
$17,383  
Total Pay (?
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$85,349 - $163,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 496
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Hourly Rate
$26.76 - $111.50  
   
Overtime
$73.27  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,466 - $20,860  
   
Commission
$17,383  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,273  
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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$85,349 - $163,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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.

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Popular Skills for Security Architect, IT


Survey results imply that IT Security Architects deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, IT Management, Cisco Networking, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Security Maintenance, and Security Testing and Auditing. Most people familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Policies and Procedures.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Architect, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of IT Security Architects. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $93K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $116K. IT Security Architects claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $128K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $141K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $124,009

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

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for IT Security Architects, 16 percent higher than the national average. IT Security Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+14 percent), Austin (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+5 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Harrisburg IT Security Architects earning much less — 33 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (13 percent lower) and Dallas (12 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
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Security Architect, IT Salaries



National Average
$124,000



Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries

Web Security & Encryption
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Cisco Networking
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Project Management
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IT Security & Infrastructure
0%

Network Security Management
0%

National Average
$124,000


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UNIX
up arrow 3%



Security Maintenance
up arrow 7%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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