Ethical Hacker Salary

The average salary for an Ethical Hacker is $80,000 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.

$35,375 - $177,020

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$35,375 - $177,020  
$102.13 - $15,101  
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$33,000 - $180,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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

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

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Experience Affects Ethical Hacker Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.


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89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%