Computer Security Specialist Salary

Computer Security Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $68K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Computer Security Specialists generally range from $38K to $106K depending on individual performance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Security Specialists. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. Male Computer Security Specialists far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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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Though some Computer Security Specialists move into positions like IT Security Manager (where the average salary is $97K), this progression is not the norm.

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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 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration. Those educated in IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well versed 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $58K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $78K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $76K. Computer Security Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $94K.

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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
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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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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