Security Architect, IT Salary

Compensation for IT Security Architects in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($114K). With some bonuses approaching $23K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of IT Security Architects spread between $86K and $162K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Security Architects. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$82,766 - $148,087
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$83K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,664
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$41.22 - $101.24
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MEDIAN: $72.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$82,766 - $148,087  
   
Bonus
$1,485 - $23,409  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $19,574  
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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$85,686 - $162,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 646
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$41.22 - $101.24  
   
Overtime
$29.80 - $114.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,485 - $23,409  
   
Commission
$16,968 - $18,032  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $19,574  
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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$85,686 - $162,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


IT Security Architects report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, IT Management, Network Security Management, and Computer Security are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Network Management / Administration, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Security Maintenance. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


IT Security Architects do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $89K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $112K. IT Security Architects claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $125K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $132K.

Pay Difference by Location


IT Security Architects will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. IT Security Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+18 percent), San Jose (+16 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). In Denver, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (5 percent lower) and Portland (4 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 12%

Project Management
up arrow 12%

Network Security Management
up arrow 10%

Security Risk Management
up arrow 3%

Computer Security
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IT Security & Infrastructure
0%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$121,000

Cisco Networking
up arrow 1%

UNIX
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Linux
up arrow 7%

Security Maintenance
up arrow 7%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

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