$120,163
Avg. Salary
$70.02
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$10,191

Bonus

$4,897

Profit Sharing

$17,617

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Security Architect, IT is $70.02 per hour.

The median Security Architect, IT has a base pay of $120,163. Salaries generally range from $82k to $155k. The median bonus is $10,191. Skills that can affect salary include IT Security & Infrastructure, Security Risk Management, Security Policies and Procedures, Network Security Management, Security Testing and Auditing, Security Intrusion Detection, Linux, IT Management, Network Management / Administration, Project Management, Cisco Networking, Security Maintenance, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, UNIX, Web Security & Encryption.
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$0$169K
Salary $82,397 - $154,525
Bonus $2,566 - $24,868
Profit Sharing $1,260 - $16,583
Commission $17,617
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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$83,443 - $169,562
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 971
Hourly Data $0$118
Hourly Rate $28.19 - $119
Overtime $84.22
Annual Data $0$169K
Bonus $2,566 - $24,868
Commission $17,617
Profit Sharing $1,260 - $16,583
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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$83,443 - $169,562
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 40

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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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Architect, IT


The biggest paychecks can be found at Cisco Systems Inc — the median salary there is $133K.

Security Architect, IT Job Listings

Popular Skills for Security Architect, IT


IT Security Architects report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, UNIX, Cisco Networking, and IT Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Security Testing and Auditing, and Security Maintenance. Most people skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure are similarly competent in Security Policies and Procedures.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Architect, IT

Pay by Experience for a Security Architect, IT has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Architect, IT with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 85 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Architect, IT with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 171 salaries. An experienced Security Architect, IT which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 310 salaries. A Security Architect, IT with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $144,000 based on 79 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $125,723

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

Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, IT Security Architects in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. IT Security Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+13 percent) and Austin (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Harrisburg, which sits 39 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Pittsburgh and Plano earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

Security Architect, IT Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Security Architect, IT?

Security Architect, IT in Houston:
Pros: Working with people of all viewpoints
Cons: Traffic

Security Architect, IT in Atlanta:
"Balance Technical Skills with People Skills."
Security is a business issue. To be effective you must be able to communicate the business value of security initiatives. In addition to being technically competent, you must have good written and verbal communications skills.

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.

Security Architect, IT in Chicago:
"Experience trumps certification. Certs on the way out."
The CISSP is quickly becoming passe and should no longer be taken seriously.

Security Architect, IT in Oklahoma City:
"Less technology, more PowerPoint."
If you're a technology lover, this seems like a great senior title, but it's less about technology and more about explaining complex technology in PowerPoint decks.

Security Architect, IT in San Francisco:
"Career growth towards CSO or CISO."
Always negogiate the pay and title very well in the begin.

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Key Stats for Security Architect, IT

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Security Architect, IT Salaries

▲14%

▲1%

National Average
$126,000

▼6%

▼25%

Skills That Affect Security Architect, IT Salaries

Web Security & Encryption
▲18%


▲3%


National Average
$126,000

IT Security & Infrastructure
▼1%



Project Management
▼1%


▼3%






Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 8%