Men make up the majority of Network Security Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $85K per year. Cash earnings for Network Security Engineers — including $14K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $127K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by career duration and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and the greater part get vision plans, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$55,754 - $123,312
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MEDIAN: $85,474
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$19.26 - $61.45
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,754 - $123,312  
   
Bonus
$504 - $13,530  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,149  
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$53,439 - $127,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 581
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$19.26 - $61.45  
   
Overtime
$20.13 - $89.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$504 - $13,530  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,149  
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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$53,439 - $127,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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Job Description for Network Security Engineer

A network security engineer is an essential part of any large (and many mid-sized) business' overall technology team. A network security engineer is involved in the provisioning, deployment, configuration, and administration of many different pieces of network- and security-related hardware and software. These include firewalls, routers, switches, various network monitoring tools, and VPNs (virtual private networks). These engineers also regularly perform network-based security risk assessments, and they occasionally help design new infrastructure solutions as a company expands or replaces its system architecture.

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Network Security Engineer Tasks

  • Maintain firewall, virtual private network, web, and email security programs, protocols, and security.
  • Maintain physical and code environment to protect servers, switches, and entire information technology (IT) system while balancing overall load.
  • Monitor and log security concerns and incidents, and generate reports and track performance.

Common Career Paths for Network Security Engineer


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Network Security Engineers who go on to become Security Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Security Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $87K.

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Popular Skills for Network Security Engineer


Survey takers working as Network Security Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Checkpoint, Security Testing and Auditing, Network Architecture / Design, and Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Network Support. Those educated in IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well versed in Cisco Networking, Security Intrusion Detection, and Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Security Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Network Security Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $73K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $88K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $102K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,181

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For those looking to make money, Network Security Engineers in Richmond enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Network Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+24 percent), San Jose (+17 percent), Raleigh (+10 percent), and Denver (+6 percent). Network Security Engineers in Tampa take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 46 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Las Vegas (20 percent less) and Norfolk (3 percent less).

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Key Stats for Network Security Engineer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Network Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$86,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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