Network Security Engineer Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Network Security Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $82,167 annually. Compensation generally starts at $51,033 and does not exceed $117,963 per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to the vast majority, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Network Security Engineers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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MEDIAN: $35.00
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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 results imply that Network Security Engineers deploy a deep pool 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 of 20 percent, 19 percent, 13 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $68K, increasing to $85K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $100K after 10 to 20 years. After two decades on the job, Network Security Engineers see salary growth dwindle, averaging $104K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one 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 less than five percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Jose
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Norfolk
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National Average
$82,000
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With a pay rate for Network Security Engineers that is 22 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other big spenders include Portland, New York, Washington, and San Jose, top-paying cities where Network Security Engineers see paychecks higher than average (+19 percent, +17 percent, +12 percent, and +8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Raleigh and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -7 percent and -4 percent, 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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IP Network
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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%
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