Computer Security Specialist Salary

Computer Security Specialists in the United States take home an average $65K annually. Total cash earnings of Computer Security Specialists range from $36K on the low end to $103K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $9K and $10K, respectively. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Computer Security Specialists are male. Job satisfaction for Computer Security Specialists is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,831 - $101,404

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$14.00 - $43.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,831 - $101,404  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,074  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
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$36,158 - $103,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $43.75  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $64.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $9,863  
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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$36,158 - $103,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Computer Security Specialists sometimes become IT Security Managers, where the average income is $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Security Specialist


Computer Security Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, Security Testing and Auditing, Security Intrusion Detection, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration. Skill sets containing Security Testing and Auditing also tend to include Security Policies and Procedures. Those familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also tend to know Security Intrusion Detection and Security Policies and Procedures.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Security Specialist

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Computer Security Specialists. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $54K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $75K. Computer Security Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. Computer Security Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $93K.

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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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Security Maintenance
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Linux
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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


Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 14%
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