Network Security Engineer Salary

Network Security Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $85K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $53K and $122K per year. Total cash compensation for Network Security Engineers runs from $53K to $122K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Network Security Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$53,752 - $117,659
(Median)
$54K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,307
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50%
90%

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$17.92 - $62.62
(Median)
$18
$36
$63
MEDIAN: $35.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,752 - $117,659  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,299  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,132  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$53,242 - $122,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 780
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$17.92 - $62.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.00  
Overtime
$23.12 - $78.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,299  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,132  
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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$53,242 - $122,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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 $87K a year.

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Popular Skills for Network Security Engineer


Network Security Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Network Architecture / Design, Checkpoint, Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration, and Cisco Networking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Those familiar with Cisco Networking also tend to 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $72K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $91K. Network Security Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $99K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $101K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,061

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Network Security Engineers, 12 percent above the national average. Network Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+11 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), San Jose (+8 percent), and Washington (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Raleigh. On the whole, employers pay 8 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Tampa and St. Louis.

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Experience Affects Network Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$87,000


Skills That Affect Network Security Engineer Salaries







Virtual Private Networking (VPN)
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Security Testing and Auditing
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Security Intrusion Detection
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Network Support
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Switching and Routing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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IP Network
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Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$87,000

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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