Network Security Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Network Security Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $85K annually. Compensation ranges from $53K on the lower end to $122K per year on the higher end. Total cash compensation to Network Security Engineers approaches anywhere from $53K on the lower end to $122K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $12K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Network Security Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$53,752 - $117,659
(Median)
$54K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,307
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$17.92 - $62.62
(Median)
$18
$36
$63
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 go on to become Security Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Security Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $87K.

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Popular Skills for Network Security Engineer


Network Security Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $72K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $91K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $99K in this role. Network Security Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $101K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,061

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

For those looking to make money, Network Security Engineers in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 12 percent above the national average. Network Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+11 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), San Jose (+8 percent), and Washington (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Raleigh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Tampa and St. Louis (8 percent lower).

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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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