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Computer Security Specialist Salary

Earnings for Computer Security Specialists in the United States come in at around $65K annually on average. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Computer Security Specialists generally range from $38K to $105K depending on individual performance. Male Computer Security Specialists far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$39,437 - $102,470
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MEDIAN: $65,165
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$14.59 - $53.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,437 - $102,470  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,766  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $9,787  
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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$38,160 - $104,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.59 - $53.82  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $63.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,766  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $9,787  
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).
)
$38,160 - $104,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like IT Security Manager. Median pay for a IT Security Manager is $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Security Specialist


Computer Security Specialists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Linux, Security Risk Management, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 14 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration. 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

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


For many Computer Security Specialists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $55K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $75K. Computer Security Specialists see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $99K.

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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 22%

Security Risk Management
up arrow 14%

Security Testing and Auditing
up arrow 7%



Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 3%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 1%

National Average
$65,000

Security Maintenance
up arrow 2%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 12%