Computer Security Specialist Salary

Median pay for Computer Security Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $65K annually. Overall incomes of Computer Security Specialists generally bottom out at around $36K and peak near $104K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The vast majority (85 percent) of Computer Security Specialists who answered the questionnaire are male. Most Computer Security Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,646 - $101,701
(Median)
$40K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,634
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$13.91 - $43.92
(Median)
$14
$23
$44
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,646 - $101,701  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,668  
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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$35,930 - $103,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $43.92  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $64.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,668  
   
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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$35,930 - $103,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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.

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While not commonly seen, Computer Security Specialists who transition into an IT Security Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for IT Security Managers is $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Security Specialist


Computer Security Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, Security Testing and Auditing, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Security Intrusion Detection are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration. For most people, competency in IT Security & Infrastructure indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Computer Security Specialists. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $74K. For Computer Security Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $77K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $91K.

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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 Maintenance
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average
$64,000


Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 13%
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