Median pay for Personnel Security Specialists in the United States is around $61K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Personnel Security Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number claim medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. Men working as Personnel Security Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,053 - $86,318
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MEDIAN: $61,378
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$15.35 - $30.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,053 - $86,318  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
Total Pay (?
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$39,159 - $84,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $30.39  
   
Overtime
$23.00 - $38.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$39,159 - $84,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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

  • 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.
  • Maintain and update security files.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Personnel Security Specialist


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As Personnel Security Specialists transition into upper-level roles like Security Managers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Security Managers earn the same amount as Personnel Security Specialists on average.

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Popular Skills for Personnel Security Specialist


Survey results suggest that Personnel Security Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Personnel Security Specialist

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $51K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $64K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $70K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $69K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,814

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Personnel Security Specialists will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+13 percent), Baltimore (+12 percent), Arlington (+10 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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Key Stats for Personnel Security Specialist

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Personnel Security Specialist Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Personnel Security Specialist Salaries



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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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