The average salary for an Ethical Hacker is $95,717 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.

$35,508 - $182,461
MEDIAN: $95,717

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$35,508 - $182,461  
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$30,410 - $197,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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.


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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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

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1-4 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%