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Personnel Security Specialist Salary

Earnings for Personnel Security Specialists in the United States come in at around $60K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Personnel Security Specialists. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn vision coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,296 - $84,529
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MEDIAN: $60,016
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$14.26 - $33.11
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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,296 - $84,529  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,005  
Profit Sharing
$457.81 - $2,430  
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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$38,703 - $83,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.26 - $33.11  
   
Overtime
$0.36 - $49.45  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,005  
   
Profit Sharing
$457.81 - $2,430  
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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$38,703 - $83,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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Job Description for Personnel Security Specialist

A personnel security specialist determines if a person is eligible for government clearance for employment. The clearances dealt with may range from lower level to top secret. The job involves reviewing security forms and determining if the information is correct, and if it is not, what needs to be corrected.

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Personnel Security Specialist Tasks

  • Screen and evaluate candidates using data from the Electronic Questionnaires of Investigation Processing.
  • Recommend and make briefings about overall personnel and security as well as breaches and risks.
  • Maintain and update security files.
  • Review and analyze personnel backgrounds and history for clearance, violations, and/or risk assessments.
  • Conduct security trainings and evaluate staff processes and procedures for security risks.

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Popular Skills for Personnel Security Specialist


Survey results show that Personnel Security Specialists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like JPAS and Microsoft Access. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Personnel Security Specialist

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


Personnel Security Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $50K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. Personnel Security Specialists see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Personnel Security Specialists, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Arlington (+14 percent) and Washington (+8 percent).

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Experience Affects Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%



National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$57,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 4%

JPAS
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 15%