Security Architect, IT Salary (United States)

IT Security Architects in the United States typically earn six-figure salaries ($118,082) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Overall cash allowance—including $24K bonuses and $11,377 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $80,937 and $144,762. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Security Architect, IT Salary (?
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$80,937 - $144,762
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MEDIAN: $109,794
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Security Architect, IT Salary (?
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$34.25 - $102.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$80,937 - $144,762  
   
Bonus
$1,000 - $24,443  
Profit Sharing
$948 - $11,377  
Total Pay (?
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$84,237 - $160,166  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 532
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$34.25 - $102.72  
   
Overtime
$29.36 - $115.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,000 - $24,443  
   
Profit Sharing
$948 - $11,377  
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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$84,237 - $160,166  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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 seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with IT Management, Network Security Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 16 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Management / Administration, Security Intrusion Detection, and Cisco Networking. Most people skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure are similarly competent 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.
For many IT Security Architects, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. After five to 10 years, starting pay of $89K grows to $107K, exceeding six figures. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $121K. As IT Security Architects reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $127K. The largest number of IT Security Architects have 10 to 20 years of experience, followed by those with one to 10 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$118,000
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Home to some of the best pay for IT Security Architects, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. New York, Washington, Boston, and Minneapolis are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with IT Security Architects earning around 18 percent, 8 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent more than average. Detroit is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Portland (-13 percent and -6 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Security Architect, IT Salaries

National Average
$118,000

Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries

IT Management
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Network Security Management
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Project Management
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UNIX
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Security Risk Management
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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$118,000
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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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

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