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Security Architect, IT Salary

Average pay for an IT Security Architect in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $113K per year. In the world of IT Security Architects, total cash compensation can vary between $85K and $162K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $23K and $20K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Security Architects. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$81,759 - $147,392
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$82K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $112,729
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$36.06 - $101.24
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MEDIAN: $72.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$81,759 - $147,392  
   
Bonus
$1,500 - $22,907  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $19,727  
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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$84,949 - $161,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 634
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$36.06 - $101.24  
   
Overtime
$29.80 - $114.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,500 - $22,907  
   
Commission
$16,968 - $18,032  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $19,727  
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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$84,949 - $161,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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


Survey takers working as IT Security Architects report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in IT Management, Project Management, Network Security Management, and Computer Security are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Network Management / Administration, Security Maintenance, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $89K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $110K. IT Security Architects who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $125K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $131K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, IT Security Architects in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. IT Security Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+19 percent), San Jose (+17 percent), Austin (+13 percent), and New York (+8 percent). In Denver, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Portland (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Security Architect, IT Salaries



National Average
$120,000



Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries

IT Management
up arrow 14%

Project Management
up arrow 13%

Network Security Management
up arrow 8%

Computer Security
up arrow 4%

Security Risk Management
up arrow 3%

IT Security & Infrastructure
0%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$120,000

UNIX
up arrow 1%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 3%



Linux
up arrow 6%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 7%

Security Maintenance
up arrow 7%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
57%
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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