Computer Security Specialist Salary

Earnings for Computer Security Specialists in the United States come in at around $74K per year on average. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Computer Security Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Computer Security Specialists who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,055 - $108,456
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$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,361
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$14.00 - $51.08
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$0$109K
Salary $41,055 - $108,456
Bonus $986 - $13,547
Profit Sharing $1,500
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$39,768 - $109,695
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 114
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $14.00 - $51.08
Overtime $32.00
Annual Data $0$109K
Bonus $986 - $13,547
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$39,768 - $109,695
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 24

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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

  • 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.
  • Recertify application, platform, and server security periodically.
  • 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.

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 $98K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Security Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Computer Security, Security Testing and Auditing, Security Risk Management, and Security Policies and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Network Management / Administration, Microsoft Office, and Security Intrusion Detection. Most people skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure are similarly competent in Security Testing and Auditing and Security Intrusion Detection.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Security Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Computer Security Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Security Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 87 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Security Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 51 salaries. An experienced Computer Security Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 34 salaries. A Computer Security Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 11 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,722

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

Computer Security Specialists will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 38 percent. Computer Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+35 percent) and Washington (+24 percent). Computer Security Specialists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Computer Security Specialists in San Antonio bring in salaries that are 31 percent lower than the national average.

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Key Stats for Computer Security Specialist

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲38%

▲27%

▲25%

National Average
$73,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Computer Security
▲16%





National Average
$73,000

Security Maintenance
▼4%

Linux
▼7%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼10%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 17%
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