Penetration Tester Salary (United States)

A Penetration Tester earns an average salary of $71,929 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Web Security & Encryption, Network Security Management, and Security Testing and Auditing.
Penetration Tester Salary (?
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$44,570 - $112,806
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MEDIAN: $71,929
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Penetration Tester Salary (?
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$11.84 - $48.74
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National Salary Data

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$44,570 - $112,806  
   
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$0.00 - $10,850  
Total Pay (?
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$44,220 - $117,398  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $48.74  
   
Overtime
$20.72 - $41.12  
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$0.00 - $10,850  
   
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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$44,220 - $117,398  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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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Experience Affects Penetration Tester Salaries

National Average
$73,000

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Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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