Network Security Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Network Security Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $84K per year. Compensation ranges between $52K and $121K per year. In the world of Network Security Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $52K and $121K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Network Security Engineers is high. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,212 - $116,893
(Median)
$53K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,248
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90%

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$15.74 - $62.40
(Median)
$16
$35
$62
MEDIAN: $35.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,212 - $116,893  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,045  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,262  
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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$51,724 - $120,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 696
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$15.74 - $62.40  
   
Overtime
$23.29 - $81.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,262  
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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$51,724 - $120,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Network Security Engineer


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Many Network Security Engineers move into a Security Engineer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Security Engineers on average bring in a similar salary to Network Security Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Network Security Engineer


Network Security Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Network Support, Checkpoint, and Network Architecture / Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. The majority of those who know Cisco Networking also know Network Security Management 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.


For Network Security Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $70K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $90K. Network Security Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $98K. Network Security Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Network Security Engineers, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east — Boston, New York, and Washington — all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Network Security Engineers in the country. Network Security Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Network Security Engineers in Tampa bring in salaries that are 22 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Las Vegas and Raleigh (20 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Network Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$86,000


Skills That Affect Network Security Engineer Salaries


Microsoft Office
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Cisco Networking
up arrow 4%

Security Intrusion Detection
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Switching and Routing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
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Security Policies and Procedures
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IP Network
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National Average
$86,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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