Security Architect, IT Salary

IT Security Architects enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($115K) annually in the United States. Final cash compensation to IT Security Architects varies from around $84K to approximately $162K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $23K and $19K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$81,676 - $148,375
(Median)
$82K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $114,603
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$34.52 - $102.50
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$35
$72
$100
MEDIAN: $71.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$81,676 - $148,375  
   
Bonus
$1,008 - $23,140  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $19,271  
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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$84,015 - $161,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 701
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$34.52 - $102.50  
   
Overtime
$41.11 - $115.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,008 - $23,140  
   
Commission
$17,383  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $19,271  
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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$84,015 - $161,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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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General Electric Co (GE) doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $117K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $131K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Security Architect, IT


IT Security Architects seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Security Maintenance, Network Management / Administration, and Security Intrusion Detection. Most people experienced in 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 IT Security Architects, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The relatively untested earn a median of $90K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $111K. IT Security Architects bring in $126K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $131K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $121,106

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for IT Security Architects, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. IT Security Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+18 percent), San Jose (+17 percent), Austin (+13 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver and Portland (4 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
$121,000



Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries


Network Security 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
$121,000

Cisco Networking
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UNIX
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Security Maintenance
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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
8%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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