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Network Security Engineer Salary

Network Security Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $84K per year. Pay generally varies between $51K and $121K per year. Total cash compensation to Network Security Engineers bottoms out near $51K and approaches $121K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Network Security Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,102 - $116,286
(Median)
$52K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,764
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$15.47 - $63.07
(Median)
$15
$35
$63
MEDIAN: $35.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,102 - $116,286  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,232  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $7,284  
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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$51,213 - $120,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 694
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$15.47 - $63.07  
   
Overtime
$23.22 - $86.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,232  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $7,284  
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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$51,213 - $120,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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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For Network Security Engineers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Network Security Engineers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Security Engineer.

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Popular Skills for Network Security Engineer


Network Security Engineers report using 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 10 percent and 14 percent. Those educated in Cisco Networking tend to be well versed in 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Network Security Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $70K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $89K. Network Security Engineers see a median salary of $98K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Network Security Engineers, Boston provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Network Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Portland (+14 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). Network Security Engineers in Las Vegas make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Raleigh and 7 percent less in Chicago, 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
up arrow 4%

Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 4%

Virtual Private Networking (VPN)
up arrow 4%

Switching and Routing
up arrow 4%

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 2%

Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
up arrow 2%

Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 2%

IP Network
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National Average
$86,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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