Security Architect, IT Salary

On average, IT Security Architects in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($114K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total cash compensation for IT Security Architects runs from $85K to $162K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $23K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Security Architects. In this profession, almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$82,731 - $148,211
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$83K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $114,000
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$36.06 - $101.24
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$36
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MEDIAN: $71.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$82,731 - $148,211  
   
Bonus
$1,462 - $23,492  
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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$85,447 - $162,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 644
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$36.06 - $101.24  
   
Overtime
$41.43 - $115.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,462 - $23,492  
   
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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$85,447 - $162,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 seem to exploit 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 in pay of 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Network Management / Administration, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Security Maintenance. Most people familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also know 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.


For many IT Security Architects, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $89K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $112K. On average, IT Security Architects make $126K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $132K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for IT Security Architects, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. IT Security Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+18 percent), San Jose (+15 percent), Austin (+10 percent), and New York (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Portland (5 percent lower).

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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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Experience Affects Security Architect, IT Salaries



National Average
$122,000



Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries

Network Security Management
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IT Management
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Project Management
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Security Risk Management
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Computer Security
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IT Security & Infrastructure
0%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$122,000

Cisco Networking
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UNIX
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Linux
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Security Maintenance
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

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: 79% employee benefits None: 5%
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