Network Security Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Network Security Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $84K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $51K, and the higher rates verge on $121K per year. Total cash compensation for Network Security Engineers runs from $51K to $121K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Network Security Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$52,740 - $116,833
(Median)
$53K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,053
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$15.35 - $62.08
(Median)
$15
$35
$62
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,740 - $116,833  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,026  
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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$51,469 - $120,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 699
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 - $12,026  
   
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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$51,469 - $120,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.

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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 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. Most people skilled in Cisco Networking are similarly competent in 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 bring in $98K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $97K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Network Security Engineers, 26 percent above the national average. Network Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and San Jose (+5 percent). Network Security Engineers in Tampa earn salaries far below the national average by 37 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Las Vegas (20 percent lower) and Raleigh (12 percent lower).

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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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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
33%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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