Computer Security Specialist Salary

An average Computer Security Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $68K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Computer Security Specialists can bottom out at $38K or peak near $106K. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. There are far more male Computer Security Specialists survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. Most Computer Security Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,746 - $102,511
(Median)
$41K
$68K
$100K
MEDIAN: $67,833
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$13.17 - $51.02
(Median)
$13
$25
$51
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,746 - $102,511  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,668  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $9,500  
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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$37,738 - $106,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $51.02  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $64.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,668  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $9,500  
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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$37,738 - $106,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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Job Description for Computer Security Specialist

Computer security specialists administer, monitor, and troubleshoot security systems for companies to ensure that they are working properly, and they may also administer updates to keep systems running smoothly. Periodic testing must be carried out on the many security components within a company, so knowledge of security products such as VPN, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems are essential to success in this job. End-user security products may also be installed by computer security specialists for employees of their companies.

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Computer Security Specialist Tasks

  • Provide technical advice on access control, security models, disaster recovery, business continuity planning, and security awareness training.
  • Plan, implement, monitor, and troubleshoot internal information technology security policies, application security, access control, and corporate data safeguards.
  • Perform network scanning and vulnerability assessments.
  • Analyze and define security requirements for local and wide area networks.
  • Update secure configurations by routinely reviewing vendor sites, bulletins, and notifications for security information.

Common Career Paths for Computer Security Specialist


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Advancing into an IT Security Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Computer Security Specialists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Security Specialist


Computer Security Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Security Testing and Auditing, Security Risk Management, Security Intrusion Detection, and Security Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration. Most people skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure are similarly competent in Security Policies and Procedures and Security Intrusion Detection.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Security Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $58K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $78K. For Computer Security Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $94K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Computer Security Specialist Salaries


Security Risk Management
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Security Maintenance
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Linux
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Security Policies and Procedures
0%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
0%

National Average
$65,000


Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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