Entry-Level Penetration Tester Salary

The average Entry-Level Penetration Tester earns approximately $72K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $11K and $29K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Penetration Testers can bottom out near $42K or peak near $110K depending on individual performance. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Entry-Level Penetration Testers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,384 - $102,420
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$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,051
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$14.41 - $51.82
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MEDIAN: $26.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,384 - $102,420  
   
Bonus
$993 - $11,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $29,087  
Total Pay (?
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$41,734 - $110,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $51.82  
   
Overtime
$23.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$993 - $11,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $29,087  
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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$41,734 - $110,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,729

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Penetration Testers that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Penetration Testers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+5 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Entry-Level Penetration Testers in Salt Lake City earning a whopping 40 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (34 percent less) and New York (30 percent less).

Penetration Tester Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Penetration Tester in Fort Washington:
"Hands On is A Must."
Practice as much as you can. Set aside time to practice new techniques every day.

Key Stats for Penetration Tester

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
19%
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Skills That Affect Penetration Tester Salaries



Network Security Management
▲3%

Computer Security
▲3%

National Average
$73,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 7%