Computer Security Specialist Salary

Computer Security Specialists in the United States take home an average $64K 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. There are far more male Computer Security Specialists survey respondents than women, making up 87 percent. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. For the most part, Computer Security Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,427 - $102,504
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$39K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,845
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$14.51 - $54.25
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$54
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,427 - $102,504  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$37,575 - $105,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $54.25  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $64.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
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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$37,575 - $105,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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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Computer Security Specialists who move on to become IT Security Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as IT Security Managers get paid an average of $97K per year.

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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 Security Risk Management, Security Testing and Auditing, Linux, and Security Intrusion Detection are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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 incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $54K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Computer Security Specialists make a median salary of $77K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $99K 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 Policies and Procedures
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Security Maintenance
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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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 14%