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Computer Security Specialist Salary

Average Computer Security Specialists in the United States make around $64K annually. Overall incomes of Computer Security Specialists generally bottom out at around $36K and peak near $104K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The vast majority of Computer Security Specialists (86 percent) survey respondents are men. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a majority have vision insurance, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$39,393 - $102,764
(Median)
$39K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,410
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$14.00 - $43.75
(Median)
$14
$24
$44
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,393 - $102,764  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,807  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $9,787  
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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$36,264 - $104,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $43.75  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $64.72  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,807  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $9,787  
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).
)
$36,264 - $104,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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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Computer Security Specialists often transition into IT Security Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, IT Security Managers earn $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Security Specialist


Survey results show that Computer Security Specialists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, Security Testing and Auditing, Linux, and Security Intrusion Detection are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration. The majority of those who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Testing and Auditing 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $74K. On average, Computer Security Specialists make $76K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $97K on average.

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Experience Affects Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Security Risk Management
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Linux
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Security Maintenance
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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National Average
$64,000

Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 14%
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