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Computer Security Specialist Salary (United States)

Pay for Computer Security Specialists in the United States is typically around $64K per year. Cash earnings for Computer Security Specialists — including $10K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $38K to $106K depending on individual performance. A solid majority enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. Men account for the majority of Computer Security Specialists — 88 percent to be exact. The majority of Computer Security Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in 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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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,511 - $102,392  
   
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $54.51  
   
Overtime
$1.43 - $63.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
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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Computer Security Specialists often transition into upper level IT Security Manager positions, where pay tends to be much higher. Typically, IT Security Managers earn $97K per year.

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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 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration. It is often found that people who know IT Security & Infrastructure are also skilled in Security Testing and Auditing and Security Intrusion Detection.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Security Specialist

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Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $74K. On average, Computer Security Specialists make $79K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $99K on average. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

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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
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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National Average
$65,000
Security Maintenance
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Network Management / Administration
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Microsoft Office
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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%