Computer Security Specialist Salary (United States)

Salaries for Computer Security Specialists in the United States sit in the ballpark of $64,644 per year. Compensation generally starts at $38,332 and does not exceed $105,903 per year. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $10,000 from bonuses and more than $8,940 from profit sharing—stretch from around $39,511 to approximately $102,392. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn vision coverage. The vast majority of Computer Security Specialists (88 percent) are men. Job satisfaction for Computer Security Specialists is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Computer Security Specialist Salary (?
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$39,511 - $102,392
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MEDIAN: $64,349
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Computer Security Specialist Salary (?
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$14.47 - $54.51
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$39,511 - $102,392  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $8,940  
Total Pay (?
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$38,332 - $105,903  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $54.51  
   
Overtime
$1.43 - $63.59  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $8,940  
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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$38,332 - $105,903  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Job Description for Computer Security Specialist

  • 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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As Computer Security Specialists make advancements in their career path, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, those in less important roles will make $33K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as IT Security Manager.

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Popular Skills for Computer Security Specialist

Computer Security Specialists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, Security Risk Management, Security Intrusion Detection, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 14 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration. For most people, competency in IT Security & Infrastructure indicates knowledge of 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 salaries. Starting out, salaries fall in the $55K range but grow to $77K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $79K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Computer Security Specialists tend to earn $100K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range.

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Experience Affects Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%
National Average
$65,000

Skills That Affect Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Linux
up arrow 17%
Security Risk Management
up arrow 14%
Security Testing and Auditing
up arrow 4%
Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 3%
Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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National Average
$65,000
Security Maintenance
up arrow 2%
Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
12%
female alumni
 
Male
88%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 13%
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