IT Security Architects in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $119K) surpassing six figures annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $21K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $86K and hits $162K on the high end. While career length and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$84,649 - $151,568
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$85K
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MEDIAN: $118,898
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$28.59 - $96.89
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MEDIAN: $65.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$84,649 - $151,568  
   
Bonus
$2,891 - $21,257  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,273  
Commission
$17,383  
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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$86,056 - $162,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 500
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$28.59 - $96.89  
   
Overtime
$65.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$2,891 - $21,257  
   
Commission
$17,383  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,273  
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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$86,056 - $162,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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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Survey takers working as IT Security Architects report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, Security Risk Management, IT Management, and Cisco Networking are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Security Maintenance, and Security Testing and Auditing. 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $92K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $116K. On average, IT Security Architects make $128K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $142K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $124,124

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For those looking to make money, IT Security Architects in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. IT Security Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+14 percent), Austin (+6 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an IT Security Architect's salary, with Harrisburg IT Security Architects earning salaries that are 32 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Portland (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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
$124,000



Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries

Web Security & Encryption
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Security Risk Management
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IT Management
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Cisco Networking
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IT Security & Infrastructure
0%

Network Security Management
0%

National Average
$124,000

Security Policies and Procedures
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Network Management / Administration
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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UNIX
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Security Maintenance
up arrow 9%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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