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Security Architect, IT Salary

Average pay for an IT Security Architect in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $113K per year. Overall cash earnings for IT Security Architects stretch from $85K on the lower end to $162K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $23K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$81,748 - $147,420
(Median)
$82K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $112,562
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$36.06 - $101.24
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$36
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MEDIAN: $72.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$81,748 - $147,420  
   
Bonus
$1,474 - $23,450  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $19,727  
Commission
$16,968 - $18,032  
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 - $162,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 623
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$36.06 - $101.24  
   
Overtime
$29.80 - $114.96  
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
$1,474 - $23,450  
   
Commission
$16,968 - $18,032  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $19,727  
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 - $162,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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 substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in IT Management, Project Management, Network Security Management, and Computer Security are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Management / Administration, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Security Maintenance. For most people, competency in IT Security & Infrastructure indicates knowledge of 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.


IT Security Architects with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $89K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $110K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $125K. IT Security Architects with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $131K.

Pay Difference by Location


IT Security Architects will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. IT Security Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+19 percent), San Jose (+17 percent), Austin (+11 percent), and New York (+8 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Atlanta and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 4 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
up arrow 17%

Project Management
up arrow 14%

Network Security Management
up arrow 6%

Computer Security
up arrow 4%

Security Risk Management
up arrow 3%

IT Security & Infrastructure
0%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$120,000

UNIX
up arrow 1%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 5%



Linux
up arrow 7%

Security Maintenance
up arrow 7%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 7%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 5%
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