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Network Security Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Network Security Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $83K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $51K, and the top verges on $120K per year. Total incomes of Network Security Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $51K and $120K. Location and years of experience 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Network Security Engineers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$51,643 - $115,326
(Median)
$52K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,920
10%
50%
90%

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$15.47 - $63.07
(Median)
$15
$36
$63
MEDIAN: $35.00
10%
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
$51,643 - $115,326  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,194  
Profit Sharing
$965 - $7,293  
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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$51,075 - $119,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 696
National Hourly Rate 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$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$15.47 - $63.07  
   
Overtime
$23.25 - $82.43  
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 - $12,194  
   
Profit Sharing
$965 - $7,293  
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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$51,075 - $119,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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.

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Network Security Engineers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Security Engineer. Median pay for Security Engineers is $85K.

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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 Microsoft Office, Network Support, Checkpoint, and Network Architecture / Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 15 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.


For Network Security Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $70K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $88K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $97K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $99K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Network Security Engineers that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Network Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Portland (+15 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). Network Security Engineers in Las Vegas take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Raleigh (11 percent lower) and Chicago (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Network Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$85,000


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)
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IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 3%

Security Policies and Procedures
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Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
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IP Network
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National Average
$85,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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