Penetration Tester Salary

A sizeable majority of Penetration Testers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $77K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction for Penetration Testers is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$45,440 - $118,338

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$12.60 - $47.10

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,440 - $118,338  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,544  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $10,174  
Total Pay (?
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$44,400 - $121,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $47.10  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $48.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,544  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $10,174  
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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$44,400 - $121,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Penetration Tester

The integrity of internal systems connected with the wider Internet is crucial to the operations of many organizations, from financial institutions to health care companies to government agencies. Organizations often employ cybersecurity experts to help protect their vital systems from malicious attacks. One of the basic tasks that must be accomplished to secure a system is to find where vulnerabilities exist. The penetration tester uses a wide variety of tools (some of which may be self-constructed) to probe the organization's network, attempting to find any areas which are vulnerable to attack and identifying methods by which attackers could exploit security flaws. Penetration testers also seek out and ameliorate passive threats to network integrity, such as poor password policies and user security practices.

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Penetration Tester Tasks

  • Follow industry best practice methodologies for penetration testing, and be able to use tools for a basis level assessment.
  • Search for security vulnerabilities in web applications, fat/thin client applications, and standard applications, and assess the secure configuration of operating systems and network devices.
  • Document findings for management and technical staff and recommend mitigating actions.
  • Conduct IT/Cyber Security assessments / penetration tests (hands-on work), as an individual, self-managed tester, or in small project teams.
  • Work with customers to determine their need for security assessments, present and explain the employed methodology, and support them with feedback and verification during mitigation.

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Popular Skills for Penetration Tester


Penetration Testers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, Network Security Management, Security Testing and Auditing, and Computer Security are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 18 percent. For most people, competency in Security Testing and Auditing indicates knowledge of Network Security Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Penetration Tester

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $69K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $99K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $112K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $110K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Penetration Testers, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Penetration Testers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+15 percent), Washington (+6 percent), Boston (+6 percent), and New York (+4 percent). Seattle is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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Experience Affects Penetration Tester Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Penetration Tester Salaries




Computer Security
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National Average
$78,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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