Network Security Engineer Salary
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.Read More...
There are many certifications available to network security engineers, and employers generally desire certifications in the hardware used for the company's technology infrastructure. However, there are some hardware-independent certifications, such as RSA and CISSP, that help ensure that a potential network security engineer is qualified. As is often true in the technology space, several years' experience is often accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree.
While most network security engineers work from a single location, there are also some positions requiring 50 percent or more time traveling; these positions are generally with companies that implement third-party security solutions for other companies. The mental demands of this job generally outweigh the physical demands, and work is often completed in climate-controlled environments. However, jobs requiring significant travel, or engineers in smaller firms that take a more hands-on role (e.g., helping to wire in new locations or equipment) may include a notable amount of physically demanding tasks as well.
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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Popular Employer Salaries for Network Security Engineer
Employees at Verizon Business Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $95K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $69K and quickly nearing the top at only $117K.
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 Network Architecture / Design, Checkpoint, Security Testing and Auditing, and Virtual Private Networking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 9 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Network Support. The majority of those who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know Cisco Networking, Security Intrusion Detection, 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $73K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $89K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $102K. Network Security Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $109K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Network Security Engineers in Richmond receive some of the highest pay in the country. Network Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent), San Jose (+16 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 47 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Las Vegas and Norfolk are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.