Men make up the majority of Network Security Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $86K per year. Cash earnings for Network Security Engineers — which occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $53K to approximately $126K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,045 - $122,386
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$55K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,116
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$18.96 - $60.54
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,045 - $122,386  
   
Bonus
$484.71 - $13,478  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$52,805 - $125,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 581
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$18.96 - $60.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$16.00  
Overtime
$20.43 - $88.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$484.71 - $13,478  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,500  
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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$52,805 - $125,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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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Network Security Engineers who transition into an upper level Security Engineer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Security Engineer makes $86K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Security Engineer


Employees at Verizon Business Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $95K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $69K and quickly nearing the top at only $117K.

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 Network Architecture / Design, Checkpoint, Security Testing and Auditing, and Virtual Private Networking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 9 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Network Support. The majority of those who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know 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.


For Network Security Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $73K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $89K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $102K. Network Security Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $109K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,950

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Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Network Security Engineers in Richmond receive some of the highest pay in the country. Network Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent), San Jose (+16 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 47 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Las Vegas and Norfolk are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Network Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$87,000


Skills That Affect Network Security Engineer Salaries








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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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