Security Architect, IT Salary

Generous salaries abound for IT Security Architects in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($114K) per year. In the world of IT Security Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $24K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $16K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $85K and $162K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for IT Security Architects is high. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$82,431 - $148,300

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$36.06 - $101.24

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$82,431 - $148,300  
   
Bonus
$1,468 - $23,516  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $15,893  
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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$85,111 - $161,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 647
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$36.06 - $101.24  
   
Overtime
$40.72 - $116.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,468 - $23,516  
   
Commission
$16,968 - $18,032  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $15,893  
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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$85,111 - $161,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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 wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Network Security Management, IT Management, Project Management, and Security Risk Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of IT Security Architects. The average beginner in this position makes around $87K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $112K. IT Security Architects with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $126K. 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 $132K.

Pay Difference by Location


For IT Security Architects, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. IT Security Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+18 percent), San Jose (+15 percent), Austin (+11 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Atlanta and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent less).

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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
up arrow 11%

IT Management
up arrow 10%

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Security Risk Management
up arrow 3%

Computer Security
up arrow 3%

IT Security & Infrastructure
0%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$122,000

Cisco Networking
up arrow 2%

UNIX
up arrow 3%



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 98 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
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 6%
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