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Computer Security Specialist Salary

Computer Security Specialists in the United States take home approximately $64K annually on average. Incomes of Computer Security Specialists vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $10K cause paychecks to spread between $37K on the low end and $106K on the high end. The vast majority of Computer Security Specialists (86 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Most Computer Security Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,400 - $102,699
(Median)
$39K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,073
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$14.63 - $53.62
(Median)
$15
$25
$54
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,400 - $102,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$36,847 - $105,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $53.62  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $64.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
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).
)
$36,847 - $105,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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 advance into the role of an IT Security Manager are fairly uncommon. IT Security Managers on average earn $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Computer Security Specialist


Survey results suggest that Computer Security Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


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. Computer Security Specialists bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $99K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%



National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Security Risk Management
up arrow 15%


Linux
up arrow 10%



Security Maintenance
up arrow 4%

Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 3%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 3%

National Average
$64,000

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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