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Security Architect, IT Salary

Average pay for IT Security Architects in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($113K). Overall cash earnings for IT Security Architects stretch from $86K on the lower end to $163K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $24K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. The majority of IT Security Architects claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$82,381 - $148,105
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$82K
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MEDIAN: $113,211
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$35.75 - $101.44
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MEDIAN: $73.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$82,381 - $148,105  
   
Bonus
$1,192 - $23,685  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $14,848  
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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$86,205 - $163,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 606
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$35.75 - $101.44  
   
Overtime
$29.80 - $114.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,192 - $23,685  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $14,848  
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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$86,205 - $163,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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, skills in IT Management, Project Management, Network Security Management, and Security Risk 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 Network Management / Administration, Security Maintenance, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. The majority of those who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Risk Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Architect, IT

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $91K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $111K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $125K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $130K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for IT Security Architects, 34 percent above the national average. IT Security Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+21 percent), San Jose (+16 percent), Austin (+11 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (5 percent lower) and Portland (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Security Architect, IT Salaries



National Average
$121,000



Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries

IT Management
up arrow 18%

Project Management
up arrow 15%

Network Security Management
up arrow 3%

Security Risk Management
up arrow 2%

IT Security & Infrastructure
0%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$121,000

UNIX
up arrow 2%

Linux
up arrow 3%


Cisco Networking
up arrow 5%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 6%

Security Maintenance
up arrow 7%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
58%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 6%