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Security Architect, IT Salary

IT Security Architects in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $120K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of IT Security Architects incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $24K from bonuses and close to $11K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $85K and $161K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all claim medical and dental insurance and a large number get vision coverage. Most IT Security Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$81,207 - $146,018
(Median)
$81K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,603
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$34.52 - $102.50
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$35
$73
$100
MEDIAN: $72.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$81,207 - $146,018  
   
Bonus
$1,026 - $24,213  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $11,335  
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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$85,012 - $161,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 551
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$34.52 - $102.50  
   
Overtime
$29.59 - $115.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,026 - $24,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $11,335  
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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$85,012 - $161,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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


IT Security Architects report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with IT Management, Project Management, and Network Security Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Network Management / Administration, Security Maintenance, and Cisco Networking. Those educated in IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well versed in Security Risk Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Architect, IT

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


IT Security Architects with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $91K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $108K. IT Security Architects with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $123K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $129K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For IT Security Architects, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. IT Security Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+23 percent), San Jose (+17 percent), Austin (+14 percent), and New York (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Portland and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Security Architect, IT Salaries



National Average
$120,000



Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries

IT Management
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Project Management
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Network Security Management
up arrow 17%

Security Risk Management
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Security Policies and Procedures
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UNIX
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IT Security & Infrastructure
0%

National Average
$120,000

Security Testing and Auditing
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Linux
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Cisco Networking
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Security Maintenance
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Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
58%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 5%