Security architects are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, security architects rate their career happiness 3.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 19% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy security architects are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Ski patroller
3.9
$29k
Recording engineer
3.9
$34k
Photonics engineer
3.8
$101k
Solution architect
3.7
$100k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are security architects happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do security architects find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as security architects?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are security architect’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are security architects making the best use of their abilities?

Are security architects happy with their salary?

Security architects rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.6/5. The majority of security architects are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked security architects how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

39 security architects

5 Star
21%

21% of security architects rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
44%

44% of security architects rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of security architects rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
3%

3% of security architects rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of security architects rated their compensation 1 stars

Do security architects find their jobs meaningful?

On average, security architects rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.5/5. Unlike many careers, security architects have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become security architects.

We asked security architects how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

40 security architects

5 Star
25%

25% of security architects rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of security architects rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of security architects rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of security architects rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of security architects rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as security architects?

Security architects rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of security architects find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked security architects how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

39 security architects

5 Star
31%

31% of security architects rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
54%

54% of security architects rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
8%

8% of security architects rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of security architects rated their career fit 2 stars

How enjoyable is a security architect’s work environment?

As a whole, security architects rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.6/5. A solid majority of security architects enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a security architect.

We asked security architects how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

39 security architects

5 Star
21%

21% of security architects rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
41%

41% of security architects rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of security architects rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of security architects rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of security architects rated their work environment 1 stars

Are security architects making the best use of their abilities?

Former security architects on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.6/5. Most security architects surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a security architect, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked security architects how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

40 security architects

5 Star
33%

33% of security architects rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of security architects rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
13%

13% of security architects rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of security architects rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of security architects rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars