Security Architect, IT Salary

On average, IT Security Architects in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($119K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Overall cash earnings of IT Security Architects stretch from $85K near the bottom to $162K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $21K each from bonuses and profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Most IT Security Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$84,184 - $151,104
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MEDIAN: $118,681
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$26.17 - $114.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$84,184 - $151,104  
   
Bonus
$2,475 - $20,844  
Profit Sharing
$1,445 - $20,729  
Commission
$17,383  
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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$85,031 - $162,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 483
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Hourly Rate
$26.17 - $114.22  
   
Overtime
$73.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,475 - $20,844  
   
Commission
$17,383  
Profit Sharing
$1,445 - $20,729  
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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$85,031 - $162,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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 Employer Salaries for Security Architect, IT


Cisco Systems Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $133K on average.

Popular Skills for Security Architect, IT


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 5 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Security Testing and Auditing, and Security Maintenance. Those educated in IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well versed in 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $95K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $118K. IT Security Architects who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $127K. IT Security Architects who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $144K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $123,365

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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for IT Security Architects, 22 percent above the national average. IT Security Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+15 percent), Austin (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+5 percent), and New York (+2 percent). IT Security Architects in Harrisburg earn salaries far below the national average by 38 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (12 percent less) and Plano (10 percent less).

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 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Security Architect, IT Salaries

▲16%

▲3%

National Average
$123,000

▼4%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries

Web Security & Encryption
▲20%


▲5%




Project Management
▲1%

IT Security & Infrastructure
▼0%

National Average
$123,000


▼1%






Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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