Network Security Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Network Security Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $85K annually nationwide. Compensation ranges between $52K and $121K per year. In the world of Network Security Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $52K and $121K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $12K and $7K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Network Security Engineers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$53,277 - $117,117

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$15.35 - $62.08

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,277 - $117,117  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,286  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,255  
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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$51,964 - $121,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 706
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $62.08  
   
Overtime
$23.29 - $81.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,286  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,255  
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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$51,964 - $121,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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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 go on to become Security Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Security Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $86K.

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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 Microsoft Office, Network Support, Checkpoint, and Network Architecture / Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Those familiar with Cisco Networking also tend to know Network Security Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Security Engineer

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $70K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $90K. Network Security Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $98K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $97K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Network Security Engineers in Richmond enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Network Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+25 percent), New York (+15 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). Network Security Engineers in Tampa make 37 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Raleigh and 7 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
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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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National Average
$86,000

IP Network
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 7%
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