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Network Security Engineer Salary (United States)

Most Network Security Engineers in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $80K annually. Compensation ranges between $51K and $118K per year. In the world of Network Security Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $51K and $118K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $10K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Almost all workers report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Network Security Engineers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Network Security Engineer Salary (?
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$51,651 - $112,637
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MEDIAN: $80,220
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Network Security Engineer Salary (?
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$14.79 - $62.24
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,651 - $112,637  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,834  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $9,696  
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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$51,033 - $117,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 685
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $62.24  
   
Overtime
$22.40 - $82.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,834  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $9,696  
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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$51,033 - $117,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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 of 20 percent, 19 percent, 13 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also tend to know Cisco Networking and Security Intrusion Detection.

Pay by Experience Level for Network Security Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Network Security Engineers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $85K. Network Security Engineers bring in $96K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $104K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a majority of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up over a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$82,000
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For Network Security Engineers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Portland, New York, Washington, and San Jose are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Network Security Engineers earning around 19 percent, 17 percent, 12 percent, and 8 percent more than average. Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Workers in Raleigh and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Network Security Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$82,000

Skills That Affect Network Security Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Office
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Network Support
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Virtual Private Networking (VPN)
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Switching and Routing
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Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
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National Average
$82,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%