The average salary for an Ethical Hacker is $99,159 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.

$30,913 - $349,049
$31K
$99K
$350K
MEDIAN: $99,159
10%
50%
90%

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$12.50 - $94.50
$60
MEDIAN: $60.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Salary
$30,913 - $349,049  
   
Bonus
$7,500  
Profit Sharing
$19,653  
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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$29,799 - $209,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$60.00  
   
Overtime
$71.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$7,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$19,653  
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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$29,799 - $209,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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Job Description for Ethical Hacker

The term "ethical hackers" describes professionals who identify flaws and vulnerabilities in security and help to protect organizations and businesses from malicious hackers. In fact, malicious hackers often "turn over a new leaf" and use their skills to protect others from the type of hacking in which they once worked. Ethical hackers work with the authorization of their employers to ensure that their hacking efforts are entirely legitimate and legal.

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Ethical Hacker Tasks

  • Penetrate networks or computer systems to find and fix computer security vulnerabilities.
  • Perform application analysis, reverse engineering, malware analysis, protocol analysis, and debugging.

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Key Stats for Ethical Hacker

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Ethical Hacker Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$100,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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